The future of the Salt Lake’s west-side will be located in key nodes or intersections that will be a catalyst for development, according to the city planners behind the proposed West Salt Lake Master Plan. Under the master plan, most of the designated nodes are located along 900 West and Redwood Road, the two main north-south arteries in the neighborhood.
The intersection of 700 South and 900 West is one of these nodes, and appears poised to be one of the first to see the effects of focused new development. Construction will soon be completed on the 700 South, or Mansell Apartments, a 16-unit multifamily development on the south-west corner of the intersection.
There is space on the lot for future development. Adjacent to the lot is an large abandoned house that could also become a higher density residential project.
A central goal to the West Salt Lake Master Plan is to better connect the city’s west-side to downtown and the rest of the city. The west-side and the city core are separated by Interstate 15 and a busy rail corridor. Most of the designated nodes along 900 West and Redwood Road are located on key east-west streets that connect to the rest of the city.
These streets: 400, 800, 900, 1300 and 1700 South are the only east-west streets that provide direct access to and from the Glendale and Poplar Grove neighborhoods. Of those streets just 400 South circumvents the heavily used rail tracks.
There is opportunity for growth at the 700 South and 900 West intersection. The new apartment building is built right off the sidewalk creating density to the area.
Across the street on the south-east corner is a restaurant and other retail. Like the 700 South Apartments, the retail small strip engages the street-level with zero setback (built right up to the sidewalk).
The north-west corner of this intersection is the corner most ripe for new development. A pawn shop in what was formally a residential home, currently occupies this corner. Adjacent to the shop is a vacant lot. A senior-citizen residential center occupies the north-east corner.
The 700 South, 900 West intersection stands to be a catalyst for others parts of the city’s west-side. The 700 South Apartments are two blocks from the 9 Line trail, a bike and pedestrian trail built along an old rail corridor running parallel to 900 South, that will soon see improvements east of 900 West.
*Correction: a previous version of this article listed the intersection of 700 South and 900 West as being part of the Glendale neighborhood though it is actually in the Poplar Grove neighborhood.