Salt Lake City and County officials marked the halfway point of construction of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, on the 100 South block of Main Street. The City/County project is framed out and the exterior glass has been installed on the second and third floors.
The adjacent 111 Main tower has also passed the halfway threshold. The tower is steel-framed up to what appears to be the 17th floor. Construction of both projects is expected to be completed by summer 2016.
The Eccles theater will include a 2,500 seat Broadway-style main hall, smaller black box theater, rehearsal space, a third-floor terrace, patron and VIP lounge areas and several public gathering spaces.
The Eccels theater will share a lobby with the adjacent 111 Main Office Tower. The 24-story tower will be LEED Gold Certificated and will include 445,000 square feet of office space, a lobby restaurant and retail space.
The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake is funding pedestrian enhancements on Regent Street that are expected to be finished by the time the Eccles Theater opens to the public.
The theater project and improvements to Regent Street have already shown to be a catalyst for downtown development. Developers, Form Development have proposed a 20-story, mixed-use residential project at the intersection of 200 South and Regent Street. The project replaces the blighted Eat-A-Burger site and will include a boutique hotel and luxury condominiums.