Mixed-use project set to replace underutilized corner of 400 South

Site and ground floor plan for the Quattro and proposed Starbucks. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

Salt Lake City’s 400 South Corridor has long been a critical route connecting downtown to the University of Utah but for decades the area has been dominated by fast food and suburban-style retail.  While fast food and surface parking remain, in recent years the busy corridor has added significant new density with more on the way.

Developers Wadsworth Development Group and dbUrban Communities plan to build the Quattro, a proposed seven-story, 95-unit mixed-use development at the northeast corner of the 400 East and 400 South intersection.  Developers hope to begin demolition in the next few weeks.  The project will replace the former Rent-a-Center and Papa Johns, both of which will be demolished to make way for construction.

Architects, IBI Group designed the project that will consist of a two-story concrete podium below five wood-framed floors.  The Quattro will have a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments the majority of which will be one and two-bedroom units.

The ground floor will house 2,355 square-feet of retail space, a sales office, lobby, mail room, storage area for bicycles and structured parking.  The apartment and parking entrances will front 400 East, while the retail portion will front 400 South.

Floors two to seven will house the residential units and residential amenities that will include two fitness areas, two hot tubs, a fire pit, lockable storage units and a clubroom.  The project will also include two amenity decks, one at the third level that will overlook 400 East and one on the seventh floor that will overlook both 400 South and 400 East.  The seventh-floor deck will be partially covered and will include the hot tubs, fire pit and seating area.

The developers also plan to convert a small, one-story building directly east of the site of the new construction building into a Starbucks.  The building previously housed a Subway Restaurant.  The Starbucks will include a drive-thru and 17 surface-parking stalls.

Because of the proposed project’s proximity to two TRAX Stations, the developers were required to go through the city’s Transit Station Area Development Review process (TSA).  The new construction building scored 128 points.  Projects that score less than 125 points must have a public hearing and site and design approvals from the Salt Lake City Planning Commission.

The developers earned the bulk of their points for the project’s density, active ground floor uses, structured parking, 360-degree architecture and building materials.

The developers will need to go before the Planning Commission before they start construction on the Starbucks because that project failed to score enough points through the TSA review process.

Since 2015 the 400 South Corridor between 900 East and 300 East will have added 830 new residential units with an additional 507 units expected to be under construction in 2019.  The Quattro will be directly east of the recently completed Block 44, a seven-story 214-unit development at the northwest corner of the 400 South and 400 East intersection.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.