18 N Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
PROJECT STATUS: Planned
Vestar, the owner of The Gateway, is ready to move forward with the next step in the former mall’s evolution to a lifestyle, arts and entertainment center.
As currently proposed, the project will include the renovation of the Union Pacific Depot and eight floors of new construction directly west of the Depot. The project will add around 225 guest rooms, 26 suites, a coffee shop and over 6,700 square feet of restaurant space to The Gateway.
The exterior of three-story Union Pacific Depot will remain mostly unchanged with the ground floor fronting 400 West to include the hotel reception, a lobby bar and the building’s two east-facing entryways. The iconic Grand Train Hall will be preserved with the building’s south wing (formerly the home of Urban Outfitters) and will be converted into a restaurant. The new construction portion will contain the bulk of the hotel’s guest rooms on floors two to eight. The ground floor will include meeting space, a junior ballroom and a fitness center.
Because the project will require approvals from both the historic landmarks and the planning commission, the earliest construction would start would be in 2019.