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.