Commission approves large mixed-use downtown project

The 200 West block of 200 South is one of the least vibrant in downtown Salt Lake.  The block is dominated by dead space: surface parking, suburban style-storage facility, several vacant buildings and an aging office building that is significantly set back from the street level.  On Wednesday, the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved […]

Townhomes planned for 700 East

It is still early in the year, but a theme is beginning to emerge in Salt Lake City.  Several projects have proven that an initial rejection by the Planning Commission and Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) is not a death knell for development. Garbett Homes went before the HLC four times before getting approval of the Hardison […]

Expert makes case for missing middle housing

In the Salt Lake metro, residential growth seems to mostly consist of two housing types: high-density developments and single-family homes.   But for urban planning expert, Daniel Parolek, a principal at Berkeley-based Opticos Design, there is a middle-density housing option that often gets neglected by developers but is equally important in building communities. On Wednesday, […]

Station Center to lead the Depot District’s revival

Artists are historically drawn to emerging neighborhoods that offer lower rents and ample workspace.  For this reason, Artspace, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable live and work space for artists, has focused on projects in the formerly industrial western edge of downtown Salt Lake. But according to Jessica Norie, the executive director of Artspace, quality of life issues […]

RDA seeking developer for Central Ninth property

A surface parking lot is the antithesis of vibrant urban nodes.  The Redevelopment Agency (RDA) of Salt Lake City is looking for the right developer for a large asphalt parcel at the northwest corner of the intersection of 900 South and 200 West in the Central Ninth neighborhood. The parcel is one of several that […]

Historic Downtown building will find new use

The Felt Electric building, on the 100 South block of Regent Street, has had many lives.  The building has served as a brothel, cigar store, home of the Felt Electric Company and attorney’s offices.  Now the building is poised to be part of a mixed-use boutique hotel development. The developers of the proposed Regent Street Hotel, Form Development, […]

A brewery district is emerging in the Granary

The recently opened Proper Brewing is about to get some neighbors. Fisher Brewing Company, a revival of Salt Lake City’s oldest and longest-running brewery, and Kiitos Brewing, a brewery boasting the only high-efficiency brewing system in Utah, both plan on beginning operations later this year in the Granary District.  The predominantly industrial neighborhood, bounded by […]

Council wants more time to consider RDA changes

Members of the Salt Lake City Council are not ready to approve proposed changes to the structure of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake.  Salt Lake Mayor, Jackie Biskupski’s office is requesting that the mayor take on the title of RDA Executive Director, a position historically held by mayoral appointees. The council, acting as the […]

Suburban builder going urban near South Temple

Basic economics teaches that in a healthy economy the supply goes where the demand is.  Ivory Homes, Utah’s most prolific builder of single-family homes, is associated with the sprawl that defined most of the residential growth since 1990 when Ivory Homes emerged as the dominant local builder. Developers are adapting to changing housing needs as […]

HLC approves South Temple project

A long-vacant lot on one of Salt Lake’s most historic streets is one step closer to be developed.  After three failed attempts, representatives from Garbett Homes finally got the approvals needed to build the Hardison Apartments, a multifamily mixed-use project at the intersection of 500 East and South Temple, during Thursday’s Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) meeting. […]