Work has started on a mixed-use project in Central Ninth

Rendering of the northwest corner of the Ruth. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

A car garage in the Central Ninth neighborhood will soon find new life as a mixed-use townhome development.  Demolition work has started on the Outlet Muffler Tires garage on the 800 South block of 300 West to make way for construction of The Ruth, a 17-unit townhome development.

The project is by CW Urban and will include four residential buildings with three to four, three-story townhomes in each.  The townhomes will be between 1500 and 1700 square feet and will be a mix of two and three bedroom units.  The ground floor will include a two car garage and a bonus room that can be used as a workspace or another bedroom.  The second floor will include the living space and kitchen with the bedrooms on the third floor.

The site plan for the Ruth. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

Most of The Ruth’s homes will front 300 West and 800 South.  A private driveway will connect the home’s garages to a new an new alleyway that will connect to 800 South and separate The Ruth from the adjacent Prana townhomes.  Two buildings with three units each will front a walkway off of the alleyway.   The homes will have large balconies on the second floor that will overlook the street.

The development will also feature a 3,000-square-foot commercial building that will occupy the southeast corner of the 800 South and 300 West intersection.  The two-story commercial building will have ground floor retail space and office or residential space on the second floor.  According to the developers the retail space will be designed to accommodate a cafe or small restaurant.

CW Urban is fast becoming one of the city’s most prolific developers of for-sale missing middle product.  The Ruth is will be the developer’s second residential development in the Central Ninth neighborhood.  Two block to the east of The Ruth is The Ruby, a 12-unit townhome development on the 800 South block of West Temple.  The Ruby is over 50 percent framed out.

The developers also plan to start construction this year on three additional for-sale projects in the Ballpark and East Central neighborhoods, The Edith, The Mabel and The Cynthia.  The Edith will be a 23-unit townhome community in the Ballpark neighborhood at the southwest corner of 1700 South and West Temple intersection.  The Mabel will be a six-unit townhome project in the East Central neighborhood on the 300 South block of 700 East.  The Cynthia will be smaller development consisting of just three attached units and will replace a single family home on the 500 South block of 800 East.

Before construction can commence on The Ruth, crews will need to do site remediation because of the previous uses on the property.

Crews have started demolition work on the 800 South block of 300 West. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The north face of the Ruth fronting 800 South. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.
The west face of the Ruth fronting 300 West. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

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