The top development stories of 2017

It has been a busy year for urban development in Salt Lake City and as the city grew in 2017, so has Building Salt Lake.  In 2017, Building Salt Lake’s audience has increased by nearly 30 percent.  While the city grew by over 2,000 multifamily units during the same time period.

The big stories in development news this year have been the affordable housing crisis and continued evolution of downtown Salt Lake.  In 2017, Building Salt Lake Readers were most interested in the several large-scale developments proposed for downtown Salt Lake and Sugar House.  And as has been the trend for the past few years, stories about developments in South Salt Lake and the 9th and 9th Neighborhood cracked the top five.

In descending order, here are Building Salt Lake’s five most-read about projects in 2017:

South Salt Lake’s new Winco Grocery store as seen during the Grand Opening. Photo by Mike Fife.

     5. The Crossing in South Salt Lake:  At the border of Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake City is The Crossing development.  The project is the anchor of South Salt Lake’s evolving downtown district at the southwest corner of the 2100 South and State Street intersection.  The first phase, a Winco Grocery store, officially opened in November.  Future phases will include several residential developments by Cowboy Partners and new commercial space on State Street.

Rendering of the southeast corner of the Mutual Beauty Project.

4.  The Mutual Beauty Project: After several years of setbacks, construction is underway on the Mutual Beauty project in the 9th and 9th neighborhood.  The project is on the southwest corner of the 900 South and Lincoln Avenue intersection.  The building will be three stories with 28 residential units and 1,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

Rendering of the first phase of the Block 67 development looking east from 300 West.

3. Block 67The proposed Block 67 development is one of several projects that will have a significant impact on downtown Salt Lake.  The project will consist of multiple mixed-use buildings on the block bounded by 100 and 200 South and 200 and 300 West.  The Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved the first phase in November.  The first phase will consist of two 11-story mixed-use buildings at the southeast corner of the 100 South and 300 West intersection.  In December the commission voted to forward a favorable recommendation for a zoning text amendment to allow for building heights up to 375 feet for the project’s proposed second phase at the northwest corner of the 200 South and 200 West intersection.

Conceptual rendering of the first few floors of the proposed 370 Millennium Tower. The developers are still working on the building’s final design. Image courtesy Held Properties.

     2. 370 Millennium Tower:  Another project that is poised to alter the downtown Salt Lake landscape is the proposed 370 Millennium Tower project.  The project consists of a 27-story mixed-use building on a 1.38-acre parcel that was the site of the former Void Corporate Center proposal.  California-based developers, Held Properties, plan to include a mix of commercial office space, retail space, a hotel and residential condominiums in what would become one of downtown’s tallest buildings.

Updated rendering of the street-level of the proposed University of Utah medical clinic in the Park Avenue development. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

     1.Park Avenue in Sugar House:  Several articles on the Park Avenue development were among Building Salt Lake’s most popular making it the most-read-about development in 2017.  The 9-acre project consists of three buildings on nearly two city blocks between Highland Drive and 1300 East directly north of Interstate 80.  Construction is underway on the project’s first phase which consists of a 1,200-stall parking structure, a five-story University of Utah medical clinic and a six-story commercial office building.  The second phase will include a seven-story mixed-use residential building.

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Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at