In Pictures: SLC RDA Projects to watch in 2018

The proposed Paperbox project as seen looking west from 300 West.
The Paperbox project sits between PEG Development’s Hyatt House and Marriott Courtyard hotels on 100 South and Clearwater Homes’ Paragon Station on 200 South between 300 West and 400 West.  Photo by Mike Fife.
The existing parking structure for the hotels will serve the Paperbox project as well. Photo by Mike Fife.
The existing Paperbox building as seen from 200 South. Photo by Mike Fife.
The Paragon Station and other condo conversions on the south side of the proposed Paperbox project. Photo by Mike Fife.
The site of the proposed Paperbox project as seen looking west past 300 West.  Photo by Mike Fife.

Central Ninth Streetscape Improvements

In November 2015, the RDA released vision renderings of proposed streetscape improvements to the Central Ninth corridor.  According to Walz, the RDA is currently working through some conditions that its Board of Directors put on the funding to construct these improvements, including collaborating with Rocky Mountain Power on a refined cost estimate to underground the overhead power lines in the neighborhood.

A conceptual rendering of the proposed Central Ninth streetscape improvements.
The 900 South Corridor as seen looking east from the TRAX line and 200 West. The city will focus most of the streetscape improvements along this block.  To the left are the under-construction, Alinéa Lofts. To the right is the Central Ninth Market.  Photo by Mike Fife.

Regent Street Hotel

In September 2015, the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved a height variance to allow for the construction of the proposed 330-foot tall Regent Street Hotel to be developed by Form Development.  The 20-story development will have will consist of a boutique hotel and residential condos.

The RDA has identified the hotel as an important part of the efforts to revitalize Regent Street along with street improvements and the opening of the new Eccles Theater.  The former location of the now demolished Eat-A-Burger, the site has most recently been used as the staging ground for Regent Street construction activities.  Keith Smith of Form Development indicates that they are in deep discussions with a partner and they are hoping for a 2018 construction start for this project with a two-year construction timeline.

A rendering of the Regent Street Hotel project.  Courtesy Form Development.

The site of the proposed Regent Street Hotel is surrounded by green graphic fencing as seen looking north across 200 South from the Gallivan Center. Photo by Mike Fife
The site of the proposed Regent Street Hotel as seen looking north on Regent Street from 200 South. Photo by Mike Fife.
The proposed Regent Street Hotel will rise just east of the Walker Center parking garage on Regent Street. Photo by Mike Fife.

Station Center

Site Plan for the Station Center Project Area.

There still isn’t much to see yet, but change is on the way to the two blocks between the Rio Grande Depot and the Intermodal Hub.  The project area consists of five parcels between 500 and 600 West and 200 and 400 South.

The RDA announced the development partners for Parcels 1 and 2 in June of 2015, and although no development has yet occurred on those two parcels both development are moving forward.

Boyer Company and Cowboy Partners will collaborate to develop Parcel 1, a large vacant lot at the northeast corner of the 600 West and 300 South intersections.

According to Walz, the Option to Purchase Agreement between the RDA and Boyer/Cowboy for Parcel 1 is still valid and active.  The next steps for Parcel 1 will be influenced by a number of factors, including the neighborhood’s evolutionary needs and the city following through on needed infrastructure improvements.

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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.