Royal Wood Office Plaza, blight on west Downtown, being demolished

Cover photo courtesy Joshua Jonas Kent Jones on SLC District 4 Residents Facebook page.

Interested in seeing where developers are proposing and building new apartments in Salt Lake, or just want to support a local source of news on what’s happening in your neighborhood? Subscribe to Building Salt Lake.

It wasn’t royal, or wood, and it’s coming down.

Royal Wood Office Plaza hosted a US post office for decades, and offered 162,564 SF of Class B office space as well as a 571-stall surface parking lot.

Photo taken from Collier’s last listing for office space at Royal Wood Office Plaza. Lease rates at $12/SF.

That street-front lot conspired to vacuum up urban energy between the Salt Palace convention center and the Gateway mall. Consuming nearly an entire block face on 200 South between 200 and 300 West, it was a glaring reminder of how dead Downtown could feel west of Main Street.

Phase 2 of the West Quarter is getting under way—replacing the parking lot and office building will be The Grid, a 16-story, 185-foot, 323-unit mixed-use structure that will provide 343 stalls in seven stories of structured parking.

The developers, The Ritchie Group, are also planning two towers, one likely a hotel, to the east of The Grid for the West Quarter’s Phase Three.

The Grid’s street presence will include 21,400 SF of retail space and be connected to the West Quarter’s now completed first phase by two new streets internal to the block that will be private with public easements.

Email Luke Garrott

Interested in seeing where developers are proposing and building new apartments in Salt Lake, or just want to support a local source of news on what’s happening in your neighborhood? Subscribe to Building Salt Lake.

Posted by Luke Garrott

Luke Garrott, PhD, has published in The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and written features for the Salt Lake City Weekly City Guide and The West View. A former two-term councilman in Salt Lake City's District 4, he lives in Downtown Salt Lake City and grew up in the Chicago area.