Utah Paperbox demolition + latest project details

Dust is newly stirring up on the block directly south of the Arena in west Downtown. The PaperBox Lofts, a project of Clearwater Homes and PEG Development, is clearing its inner block-long site for construction.

Rendering of the east facade of the Paperbox Lofts as seen from 300 West. Image courtesy VCBO Architecture via Salt Lake City RDA.

The developers are in final arrangements with the city for building permits, and expect construction to take 18-22 months. The project will provide 195 residential units (up from 183), a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units, including 15 live-work spaces. The three buildings with be parked with 214 stalls. While technically mixed-use, PaperBox Lofts will house just 1,200 SF of retail space.

The east facade of the Utah Paperbox office, seen from 300 West. Image by Luke Garrott.

The mixed-income project will include 39 affordable units aimed at 60% of AMI. They will be parcelled equally across all unit types, according to Clearwater CEO Micah Peters.

The south side of the current Utah Paperbox property looking west. Image by Luke Garrott.

It looks like the block is set to become even more dense. Clearwater hopes to submit designs for an 85 foot, 140 unit residential project to the city soon enough for a late 2019 construction start.

Massing rendering showing a future residential project fronting 200 South on the current parking lot between Westgate Lofts and the Dakota building. Image courtesy VCBO and SLC RDA.
UPB demolition from the south. Image by Luke Garrott.
UPB demolition from the south. Image by Luke Garrott.
UPB demolition from the south. Image by Luke Garrott.
UPB demolition from the west. Image by Luke Garrott.
UPB demolition from the west. Image by Luke Garrott.
Rendering of the west facade of the PaperBox Lofts from 400 West. Image courtesy VCBO Architecture via Salt Lake City public documents.

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.