In Pictures: Marmalade Branch taking shape

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The Marmalade Branch with downtown Salt Lake in the background. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

The Marmalade Branch, the newest branch in the Salt Lake City public library system, is nearly framed out.  The branch, at the southwest corner of 500 North and 300 West intersection, is the first phase of redevelopment plans for the entire 500 North block of 300 West.

The potentially LEED Silver certified library branch will anchor the block that will eventually include 12 townhomes on the east side of the block facing Arctic Court and three mixed-use, residential and retail developments along 300 West.   A public park will occupy the center of the block.

Construction could start later this year on the townhomes, with the other three buildings developed during the third phase by Clearwater Homes.

The Marmalade neighborhood is the northern gateway into Salt Lake City.  The neighborhood is beginning to develop after years of planning and several failed projects.  Last fall, the City made infrastructure improvements to 300 West, including more visible crosswalks and landscaping to calm traffic, make the area safer for pedestrians and remind drivers that Marmalade is a residential neighborhood.

The public investment by the City is making the neighborhood more attractive to private development.  At the corner of 300 North and 400 West, just outside of Marmalade in the West Capitol Hill neighborhood, construction is underway on the 4th West Apartments, a nearly 500 residential-unit, mixed-use development.

The Marmalade Branch with downtown Salt Lake in the background.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Marmalade Branch with downtown Salt Lake in the background. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northwest corner of the Marmalade Branch.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northwest corner of the Marmalade Branch. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The north side of the Marmalade Branch.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The north side of the Marmalade Branch. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The west side of the Marmalade Branch fronting 300 West.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The west side of the Marmalade Branch fronting 300 West. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Marmalade Branch has large windows on the second floor that will provide views of downtown.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Marmalade Branch has large windows on the second floor that will provide views of downtown. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The future entrance to the Marmalade Branch.  The colored crosswalks were added in the fall of 2014 to calm traffic along 300 West.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The future entrance to the Marmalade Branch. The colored crosswalks were added in the fall of 2014 to calm traffic along 300 West. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Marmalade Branch.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Marmalade Branch. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The south side of the Marmalade Branch.  The library will have large windows and an open-concept design.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The south side of the Marmalade Branch. The library will have large windows and an open-concept design. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Marmalade Branch is built right up to the sidewalk.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Marmalade Branch is built right up to the sidewalk. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the Marmalade Branch.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the Marmalade Branch. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Marmalade Branch.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Marmalade Branch.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the Marmalade Branch.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the Marmalade Branch. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Marmalade Branch.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Marmalade Branch. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the Marmalade Branch.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the Marmalade Branch. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
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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 isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.