New library a sign of an evolving Marmalade

Hundreds of Salt Lake City residents turned out Saturday morning to celebrate the opening of the Marmalade Branch, the Salt Lake City Public Library System’s newest branch.  The library is the first of three projects that will make up the Marmalade Block Development, a project by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake for the 500 […]

Ken Garff Dealership getting a facelift

Salt Lake’s downtown car dealership is getting an update.  Construction has started on a redesigned Ken Garff dealership on the 500 South block of State Street.  The new design will consolidate the different dealerships into one large complex with multiple showrooms. The Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved the planned development in May of 2015. […]

Planning Commission approves 9th and 9th Mixed-use development

*This is updated version of a previous post The Ninth and Ninth district continues its eastward expansion.  On Wednesday, the Salt Lake City Planning approved special exception and planned development requests from developers, RW Holdings LLC, that want to convert a one-story office building into a two story mixed-use commercial project on the 1000 East block of 900 […]

Large residential project coming to South Salt Lake

The city of South Salt Lake has long viewed the streetcar as a critical component to its downtown rebuild, the 235-acre area bounded by 2100 South and Interstate 80 and State Street and Interstate 15.  While the portion of the S-Line that runs through Salt Lake is mostly developed, the section that passes through South […]

Construction beginning on State Street residential project

Now that winter is waning, warmer weather will kick off what could be Salt Lake’s busiest construction seasons in decades.  Kicking off the season is the 616 Lofts.  The construction fences are up as site development work has begun on the six-story residential mixed-use development at the southwest corner of the intersection at 600 South […]

New owners unveil plans for Gateway 2.0

There are a lot of stakeholders invested in the Gateway’s success.  The Gateway has struggled since the City Creek Center opened in 2012.  What was once considered Salt Lake’s premier shopping center, has become a neglected outdoor mall struggling with needed repairs and growing safety concerns. In a Friday lunch-hour meeting hosted by the Salt […]

Mapping walkability on the Wasatch Front

Walkability can be an elusive concept for Utah residents. Utah’s uniquely large square blocks and urban growth built around the car have produced few pedestrian-oriented areas for residents to use as a reference. In the past “we’ve had a hard time measuring walkability,” said Jon Larsen, the forecasting and information services manager for the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC).  “People […]

The re-urbanization of 200 South

The 200 South corridor in Salt Lake is a street finding its identity.  The stretch between the depot district street fluctuates between dead zones, homeless services, mixed-use shopping centers, public plazas, boutique hotels, a growing nightlife scene and urban decay.  Even among the street’s diversity, one block feels decidedly out of place, the 300 East block of […]

Industry experts: Expect more local demand for urban housing

Since the Great Recession, people across the U.S. have been returning to cities.  Former industrial cities and cities that were previously losing population like Philadelphia and Chicago are growing by the thousands. A 2015 housing study by the Urban Land Institute shows that Millennials and Baby Boomers are driving most of the national migration back to cities.   But not […]

Unique central Ninth project moving forward

The “real estate” boundaries of Central Ninth are expanding past the 900 South freeway onramp.  On Wednesday the Salt Lake City Planning Commission voted unanimously to forward a favorable recommendation to City Council for an alley vacation, for the Central Ninth Lofts, a residential development proposed for the 1000 South block of Jefferson Street. The developer, Alec […]