Commission approves increased digital signage for Jazz Arena

The Larry H. Miller Arena Corporation, owners of the Utah Jazz and the Vivint Smart Home Arena, want to amp up the visual displays on and around the block 79, the area bounded by 100 South and South Temple and 300 and 400 West.  On Wednesday the Salt Lake City Planning Commission helped the Jazz […]

Commission wants more life from Centro Civico proposal

Planning Commission members wanted a more iconic design from the developers of a mixed-use affordable housing project proposed for the western edge of downtown Salt Lake.   On Wednesday, July 26, developers sought guidance from the commission in a work session.  While appreciative of the project’s purpose, commission members were underwhelmed in the project’s design […]

Updated Vivint Smart Home Arena nearing September completion

On an uncommonly brisk construction schedule, renovations of the Vivint Smart Home Arena are over halfway complete and are on schedule for completion by September.  The $125 million renovation includes a top-to-bottom renovation as the arena’s owners, the Larry H. Miller family, work to upgrade one of the nation’s oldest NBA arenas for the technology era. […]

Developer envisions a power block downtown

Developer Ryan Ritchie, of The Ritchie Group, has big plans for the 200 West block of 200 South.  The block, also referred to as Block 67, is well situated next to the Salt Palace Convention Center to the east and the Vivint Smart Home Arena to the west.  The Ritchie Group plans to convert Block 67 […]

Third annual Garden Stroll brings pop-up parks to Main Street

Just days before thousands of visitors will descend upon downtown Salt Lake for the bi-annual LDS General Conference, artists are putting their final touches on eight pop-up parks that for the next six weeks will add temporary outdoor public space to Main Street. The park installations are part of the Downtown Alliance’s third annual Downtown […]

City Creek’s impact on downtown growth by the numbers

When the LDS Church first announced plans a decade ago to redevelopment the flagging ZCMI Center and Crossroads Malls, the economy was booming and developers were beginning to take a new interest in downtown Salt Lake.  But a year into construction, the housing bubble burst and the country entered into the Great Recession, the biggest […]

Commission approves project west of the Gateway

Downtown’s westward expansion continues with another multifamily residential project proposed for the area directly west of the Gateway.  The project, West Gateway Commons, is moving forward after the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved the developer’s planned development request during last Wednesday’s commission meeting. West Gateway Commons will be a five-story development with 100 market-rate units on […]

In Pictures: new development in Rio Grande nearing completion

The city’s announcement on the four sites for new homeless resource centers may have received mixed reviews, but for many residents and business in the Rio Grande District, the news means that the chaos in their neighborhood may begin to calm down after years of growing crime and an increasing transient population.  It will be a few years before […]

Urban farm is providing life skills to the homeless

There doesn’t seem to be a lot good news coming from the west side of downtown Salt Lake.  The city’s homelessness epidemic and growing quality of life issues typically dominate the narrative surrounding the Rio Grande neighborhood. But several blocks north of the Road Home Shelter, at 625 W 100 S, a program is underway that […]

Church wants to add history-inspired signs on Regent Street

While the new lights may not be red, Salt Lake’s former red-light district could soon be illuminated with new signage.  On Wednesday the Planning Commission voted to forward a favorable recommendation to City Council for a zoning text amendment to create a signage overlay district for the Eccles Theater block (the block bounded by Main and […]