New adaptive reuse project unveiled for the Granary District

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Developers have released their plans for a new mixed-use development centered around a pair of historic buildings in the rapidly growing Granary District.

The redevelopment of Pickle and Hide, two century-old buildings once filled with pickles and hides, would continue fleshing out the new heart of the district at 741 S. 400 W.

As part of a retrofit and new-build development, Pickle and Hide would include 139 residences, commercial and retail space, pedestrian walkways and a third-acre space intended for use by the public.

“The project is envisioned as a live/work/play hub, promoting an active lifestyle and celebrating the creative history of the Granary District,” the developers wrote. “A diverse mix of apartments, commercial space, and ground floor neighborhood-focused retail is provided throughout the site.”

The two historic buildings would be retrofitted into office and retail space, with additional buildings set back from 400 West for housing and a parking garage in the interior of the more than 2-acre site.

The development would preserve 15,000 square feet of privately owned, publicly accessible space, which has recently been used for summer festivals. It would include over 50,000 square feet of office and makers space, and over 17,000 square feet of retail.

Project Details 

  • Retail: 17,058 square feet
  • Office: 50,363 square feet
  • Housing: 139 units

This is the latest significant project that involves historic preservation by BCG Holdings, which is owned by Brandon Blaser.

BCG is well underway on creating the Post District, a new master planned development just north of the Granary that included a healthy amount of adaptive reuse along with its newly built housing and retail spaces.

The developers went with a new architect for the project, along with a New York City-based landscape architect that specializes in creating public spaces.

LRK Architects, based in Memphis, Tennessee, listed some work at Deer Valley’s Stein Eriksen lodge.

James Corner Field Operations was the lead on creating New York City’s High Line linear park and walking trail.

The firms have a rich palette to work with at Pickle and Hide. For one thing, the buildings have long, rich and somewhat troubled histories.

Bissinger & Co Hides, “the house of a square deal” on furs, hides, pelts, tallow and beeswax. The building has long been abandoned and shows signs of neglect. 

Utah Pickle Co., which was known for its sweet relish, sour pickles, sour kraut, sweet mustard pickles and other pickled delicacies. The building suffered a fire in 1961, just before canning season, when an adjacent textile company caught fire. Both buildings were severely damaged.

The space sits within a neighborhood that’s catering to outdoor-minded and active lifestyles, and Pickle and Hide has plenty of land and aspirations for public space interwoven into the development.

Pickle and Hide includes walkways that would funnel foot traffic north and west, with 400 West serving as the buildings’ primary focal point and entryway.

A neighboring development would need to include a midblock walkway to realize the potential connection between 400 West and Kilby Court, as well as from 700 South to 800 South. Though that appears unlikely to happen.

Based on the proposed development at 800 S. 330 W., which stretches into the block and includes a piece of Kilby Court, it appears the two developments aren’t on track to coordinate an east-west midblock connection tying Kilby to 400 West.

Development Details 

  • Owner: BCG Holdings
  • Architect: LRK
  • Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations

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Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.