With Sears now closed, a huge development opportunity presents itself

As of this week, Salt Lake City has one less big box department store.  On Monday, Sear Holdings closed its downtown Sears Department store on the 700 South block of State Street. The closure means that 8.5 acres of prime downtown real estate just became available as the city is in the middle of a […]

Downtown’s tech community is growing

With some notable exceptions (Microsoft), most large tech companies have largely operated in suburban communities.  But as more and more workers opt for city life, tech companies are beginning to view urban environments like downtown Salt Lake City more favorably. “Smart tech companies are realizing that their employees want an authentic downtown experience,” said Jason Mathis, […]

Sandy’s Cairns continues to boom

Sandy’s tallest building is now framed out and is nearing a late 2018 completion.  The 11-story tower on the 9900 block of Monroe Street, will add 327,000 square feet of commercial space to downtown Sandy and will serve as the new headquarters of Mountain America Credit Union (MACU) and be the centerpiece of a growing […]

Commission approves residential project for 300 West corridor

Light Industrial and big-box stores have long dominated Salt Lake City’s southern stretch of 300 West, but an increasing residential presence is emerging along the corridor.  On Wednesday, the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved a planned development and preliminary subdivision request for the @2100 Apartments, a proposed 81-unit, five-story residential building on the 2000 […]

City will hold additional open house on updated homeless center design

After several open houses and meetings with residents, Salt Lake City officials are ready to move forward with a final design of the High Avenue Homeless Resource Center (HRC) and will give residents one last chance to provide in-person feedback before the design goes before the Salt Lake City Planning Commission for conditional use approval.  […]

Officials look to navigate future regional growth

The Wasatch Front is growing and based on projections, will continue to do so at a rapid pace.  Officials at the Kem C. Garnder Policy Institute, a University of Utah think tank, estimate that the Wasatch Front will be home to nearly 4.5 million people by 2065, an increase of nearly 2 million people in […]

In Pictures: Sugar House is still rising

A less-than-eventful winter has helped Sugar House’s current construction boom continue through the winter months.  There are six very different projects underway in the neighborhood which will bring new office space, commercial space, and almost 900 new residential units.  The projects range from skyline-changing projects in the business district to missing middle housing in the […]

A frustrated Council wants action on the vacant Fleet Block

For years Salt Lake City officials have viewed the Fleet Block, the large city block bounded by 800 and 900 South and 300 and 400 West, as a catalytic opportunity to redevelop the Granary District.  The city owns the bulk of the block, nearly 8 acres.  The city-owned parcels have been vacant since 2011 when […]

Council approves loans for two affordable housing projects

Developers of two proposed affordable housing projects are moving forward with their projects after securing financial help from the city.  On Tuesday the Salt Lake City Council unanimously approved two Housing Trust Fund loan requests for the proposed Violin School Commons and First Step House affordable housing developments. “I am excited and encouraged by the amount of […]

City takes significant steps toward redevelopment of the Northwest Quadrant

Plans to develop over 3,000 acres of largely vacant land at the western edge of Salt Lake City have made significant recent progress.  In their first two weeks as a new council, the Salt Lake City Council, acting as the Board of Directors of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA), have approved two […]