2018 Multifamily Housing Report

Salt Lake City is booming.  The city had 56 residential and mixed-use projects under construction in 2018 with another 42 projects in the permitting and planning stages. I’m hoping to turn over Building Salt Lake to a new team soon.  In the interim, I’m making the 2018 Salt Lake City Multifamily Housing Report available for […]

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 […]

Depot district to get its first grocery store

It’s been 17 years since The Gateway opened as a mixed-use retail center in Downtown’s western edge.  Since then both the former retail center and its surrounding neighborhood have welcomed hundreds of new residential units, office workers, hotel rooms and entertainment options. Despite the area’s growth, the neighborhood has lacked a key amenity- a grocery […]

Developers look to expand Central Ninth’s residential offerings

The Central Ninth neighborhood has become one of the city’s biggest success stories in neighborhood revitalization.  The neighborhood is attracting both public and private investment resulting in hundreds of new residential units and dozens of new retail and dining options. Despite the neighborhood’s success,  a stubborn four-block area dominated by car dealerships, vacant buildings and […]

The Gateway’s evolving into an 18-hour district

Vestar, the Arizona-based owners of The Gateway, have spent over two years strategically rebranding the former retail center into an 18-hour, mixed-use arts and entertainment center.  This fall the company has crossed significant milestones with new tenant announcements and the addition of dozens of new tech workers. Last week, the company announced that Denver-based Punch Bowl […]

Commission approves shorter downtown building

Usually, when a developer goes before the Salt Lake City Planning Commission for a height variance, they are requesting additional height.  But developers, CW Urban have argued that building up to the minimum height requirement for a small downtown corner lot would be too difficult.   And during Wednesday’s commission meeting, commission members agreed, unanimously approving […]