In Pictures: despite challenges Rio Grande neighborhood is growing

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East-facing side of the 360 Apartments as seen from Pioneer Park. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

The Rio Grande neighborhood’s struggle with overwhelmed homeless services and quality of life issues for both temporary and full-time residents have been well documented.  City, business and community leaders are anxious to see the neighborhood continue to develop, yet many developers are reticent to build in the area while crime and vagrancy are so prevalent.

In spite of the negative perceptions, development continues in the Rio Grande.  Two residential projects are under construction within a block of the Road Home Shelter.  Those projects, the 360 Apartments and Alta Gateway, will add 428 market-rate units to the neighborhood.

The 360 Apartments, a project by Garbett Homes, is mostly framed out.  The development, directly west of Pioneer Park on 400 West, is six floors with four floors of residential above two floors of parking and consists 0f 151 units.

The Alta Gateway, a half block west of the Gateway on 500 West between 100 and 200 South, is partially framed out.  The parking four-story project includes four floors or residential wrapped around a four-story parking structure.  About three-fourths of the residential floors are framed.  The project takes up most of the block on 500 West will include 277 residential units.

Nearly two years ago the City, along with Salt Lake County, launched the Salt Lake City Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission to evaluate homeless services in Salt Lake County.  The Commission is in the process of selecting the sites for two new 250-bed facilities.  The facilities will serve single men and single women separately and will be located somewhere in the city.

The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake is also actively working to attract development to the Rio Grande District.  The RDA launched the Station Center project in April 2015 and selected the Boyer Company to develop the largest of the Station Center’s five parcels, parcel one, directly east of the Intermodal Hub on 600 West.

The Commission will meet at the Public Safety Building in Community Room A and B on Tuesday, August 23rd at 1 pm to discuss the current status of site selection for new homeless resource centers.  The public is encouraged to attend.

360 Apartments:

East-facing side of the 360 Apartments as seen from Pioneer Park. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The east-facing side of the 360 Apartments as seen from Pioneer Park. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the 360 Apartments as seen from Pioneer Park. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the 360 Apartments as seen from Pioneer Park. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the 360 Apartments as seen from Pioneer Park on 400 West. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northeast corner of the 360 Apartments as seen from Pioneer Park on 400 West. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The 360 Apartments are built right up to the sidewalk on 400 West. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The 360 Apartments are built right up to the sidewalk on 400 West. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

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Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for
Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.

  • Jade Sarver

    I love the pics! Thanks for the update

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