Ten year old cavity looks to get the dopest of crowns – 255 South State under construction

At a site 10 years vacant in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City, construction began last week on 255 South State.

City officials and developers will be delivering on a mixed-use, 80% affordable, two-tower project that incorporates significant public plazas and a midblock “paseo” between State Street and Edison (145 E). It will restore and repurpose a historic house into a restaurant as part of the development’s 25,000 sf of retail space.

All renderings courtesy KTGY Architecture + Planning

The taller of the two towers (eight and 12 stories) will use an innovative construction technique, combining light structural steel with 10 levels of load-bearing factory-panelized walls called the “Infinity System.”

The project’s 190 units will range from studios to 4-bdrms. 168 of those are federal tax credit units, serving people who make between 20-80% of AMI.

Construction is expected to take 24 months, aiming at a Spring 2023 opening. Here are some current photos of the site:

All photos by Luke Garrott

The developer, Brinshore, is also partnering with the city’s Redevelopment Agency on a sizable mixed-use, mixed-income tax-credit project at 1420 W North Temple. The SPARK! project, replacing the long-blighted Overnighter Motel, will add 200 units to the corridor, 89 of which will be below market rate.

Whitney Weller, senior vice president with Brinshore, told us they expect the North Temple project’s financing to be in place by the fall with a spring 2022 construction start.

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.