Murray plans mixed-use for the old City Hall site along State Street

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Murray City opened its new city hall a few months ago, but the question still remains what it planned to do with its old site. In November, the city unveiled a partnership with Triumph Design & Construction to develop the site. 

The old city hall, once the historic Arlington School, is located at 5025 S. State Street. After many rounds of community engagement on what to do with the site, the city finally determined to choose the proposal made by Triumph. 

The proposal, named Murray Theater Plaza, includes 180,000 sqft of medical office space, space for two restaurants, about 99 condos, and townhomes, all owner-occupied, and central plazas that bring it all together with seating-flexible open space and outdoor entertainment areas. 

Also, a European-style tower. 

Central Plaza and parking. Image provided by Murray City

The project will feature ample parking, including shared garages for the residents, medical offices, restaurants, and the nearby Murray Theater.  

The entire site plans to reuse bricks and other materials from the Arlington school and even match the facades of the residential units to it. 

The townhomes are terraced along the grade, allowing for flexible work live units for some of the townhomes. They will also have two-car garages that face into the parking structure of the rest of the project. 

Jim Allred, the owner of Triumph, wanted the project to stand out and be a landmark. 

“We live here, our office is here, and we wanted to do something unique,” said Allred during a press conference with the city.  

Rendering of the Townhomes. Image provided by Murray City

According to the developer, the Granger Medical Group has expressed interest in using the site for a pharmacy, an imaging center, and other uses. They are not under any contract as of now. 

The project would add for-sale housing, restaurants, and an anchoring site for Murray’s downtown core. This would enhance the existing surrounding uses, including the Murray Theater and the Murray City Park to the east of the site. 

The project will still need RDA approval at their meeting on December 12. After that, construction is planned in a multi-phased approach over the next four years, starting with parking for the Murray Theater.

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Posted by Zeke Peters

Zeke Peters is a dual-masters student at the University of Utah studying Urban Planning and Public Administration. He works as a planner and designer in Salt Lake City. He currently resides in downtown Salt Lake and is from Austin, Minnesota, the birthplace of SPAM.