In Pictures: SLC RDA Projects to watch in 2018

On Tuesday, Salt Lake City’s Redevelopment Agency held its final Board of Directors meeting for 2017.   The meeting was also the last RDA meeting for council members Stan Penfold and Lisa Adams.  Affordable Housing may have dominated the RDA agenda in 2017, but there are a number of previously announced projects that should move forward in 2018.  Several of these projects, including the Marmalade mixed-use development, the Paperbox project, Central Ninth streetscape improvements and the Regent Street Hotel are expected to break ground in 2018, adding to the flurry of additional building activity around Salt Lake City.  In addition, two other more complex RDA projects, Station Center and the former State Street Plaza project, could both see significant movement as the new year progresses.

Marmalade Mixed-use Project

The Marmalade block redevelopment has been a decade-long RDA project.  The project is being built out in three phases.  The first phase, the Marmalade Branch of the Salt Lake City Library, opened in February 2016.  The second phase,  The Grove at Marmalade Townhomes is currently under construction.

The final, and largest component of this block redevelopment is a large mixed-use project being developed by Clearwater Homes.  The project will include three five-story buildings that will sit above a shared parking podium.  The project will have between 260-280 units with ground floor retail and flex live/work space.

In March 2016, The Salt Lake City Historic Landmarks Commission approved the design of the Clearwater Homes’ project.  According to Danny Walz, the RDA chief operations officer, Clearwater Homes’ mixed-use project should begin construction in early 2018.

The proposed Marmalade mixed-use project by Clearwater Homes, as pictured looking northeast from 300 West.
An aerial rendering of the proposed Marmalade mixed-use development by Clearwater Homes.
The site of the proposed Clearwater Homes Marmalade mixed-use development, as seen looking southeast along 300 West.  The Marmalade Branch of the Salt Lake City Library is in the background to the right.  The site is currently serving as a staging area for the construction of The Grove at Marmalade townhouse development seen in the background to the left. Photo by Mike Fife.
The site of the Proposed Clearwater Homes mixed-use Marmalade development as seen looking north along 300 West towards 600 North.  Photo by Mike Fife.
The site of Clearwater Homes’ proposed Marmalade mixed-use development as seen looking south from 600 North.  Photo by Mike Fife.

Paperbox Project

In 2016, the RDA Board of Directors approved the selection of Clearwater Homes and PEG Development to redevelop the Paperbox property on the 100 South block of 300 West at no cost in exchange for the inclusion of 35 affordable housing units for people earning no more than 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).  The project will consist of two six-story buildings and one four-story building with a total of 183 apartments and 16 live-work units.  According to Walz, Paperbox construction should begin fall 2018. The Option to Purchase Agreement has been executed and the RDA and development teams are currently working on a design review and other contractual items.

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Posted by Mike Fife

Mike Fife grew up in Norman, Oklahoma but fell in love with Salt Lake City upon relocating here in 2001 just prior to the Winter Olympics. Mike's interest in planning and development was turbo charged during two terms on the Salt Lake City Planning Commission. With an Accounting degree from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the University of Richmond, Mike had a 30-year career in finance, accounting, and strategic planning with EDS/Hewlett-Packard/Hewlett Packard Enterprise.