Salt Lake and BSL need an urban advocate

In June of 2014, I launched Building Salt Lake (originally SL City News) with the purpose of promoting smart growth, complete streets and community engagement.  Starting a news blog from the ground up isn’t easy and it required a lot of blind hope, grit and financial sacrifice.   Yet I’ve loved running Building Salt Lake, even in […]

Commission rejects large project

Developer’s, Cottonwood Residential, plans to build to a large, block-long residential development in the Central City neighborhood failed to impress the Salt Lake City Planning Commission during a Wednesday’s commission meeting.  In a 6-to-2 vote, the commission members denied a Conditional Building and Site Design Review (CBSDR) for the Broadway Apartments, a proposed seven-story, 256-unit residential […]

Council delays transit vote to next year

With a newly-adopted Transit Master Plan and an extra $25 million in revenue for next year, the Salt Lake City Council is almost ready to move forward with the first phase of proposed enhancements to the city’s transit network.  On Tuesday, the council held its second public hearing and voted to move consideration of entering into an interlocal […]

Commission approves large Westside project

Another large residential project is coming to the growing residential cluster near North Temple and Redwood after the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved with conditions a Planned Development request from developers, Henderson Development, to build two five-story buildings with a combined 299 residential units as part of the third phase of the West Station Apartments, at […]

With commission approval both phases of The Exchange move forward

Local developers, Giv Group have cleared the remaining administrative hurdles needed to build The Exchange, a large mixed-use, mixed-income development at the 300 East block of 400 South.  On Wednesday, November 28, the Salt Lake City Planning Commission unanimously approved with conditions Planned Development and Conditional and Building Site Design Review requests for the project’s […]