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.
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