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Block 67 | The Emerging Sports and Entertainment District

Posted 06.27.17 by Justin Banks

Situated between 100 South and 200 South, and 300 West and 200 West, Block 67 is an important 10-acre block that will help define the emerging sports and entertainment district in west downtown Salt Lake City. With Vivint Smart Home Arena and the Gateway to the West and the Salt Palace Convention Center to the East, block 67 plays an integral part of a vibrant, dynamic urban center...

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Seattle Developers to Build New Downtown Apartments

Posted 04.13.17 by Isaac Riddle

After years of leading best of rankings in business and technology, Salt Lake City is beginning to attract national developers looking invest in the growing city.

“Downtown Salt Lake has emerged as one of the most attractive and affordable places to live for lifestyle-driven professionals from all over the country,” said David Enslow of Timberlane Partners.

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Life on State Survey

Posted 03.14.17 by Justin Banks

Help us better understand what is important to people who live, work, and travel on State Street. Take our short survey below, which includes 14 questions and should only take 5-10 minutes.

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New reports show healthy Salt Lake economy but gaps remain

Posted 03.08.17 by Isaac Riddle

Utah’s economy is booming and the state is experiencing unprecedented growth in tourism and multifamily development.  Two reports released this month, by the Brookings Institute and the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, show that Utah leads in several categories but some disparities continue that could impact the state’s future ability to compete.

According to the 2017 Economic Report to the Governor by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute...

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HLC approves revised South Temple project

Posted 03.07.17 by Isaac Riddle

What a difference a year can make.  On Thursday representatives of Garbett Home’s received unanimous approval with conditions from the Historic Landmark Commission for the Hardison Apartments at the southwest corner of the 500 East and South Temple intersection.  The hearing was the developer’s fifth visit to the HLC to discuss the Hardison project since December 2015

But unlike a year ago...

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Commission approves extra height for downtown project

Posted 02.24.17 by Isaac Riddle

The Salt Lake City Planning Commission determined that 85 feet is an appropriate height for a proposed residential building in the Depot District in downtown’s west side.  On Wednesday, the commission unanimously approved a Conditional Building and Site Design Review (CBSDR) for the Pierpont Apartments, proposed for the intersection of Pierpont Avenue and 300 West.  The project was approved with the condition that the glass on the ground floor is clear to increase the transparency on the street level.

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Developer wants to build two office towers downtown

Posted 02.13.17 by Isaac Riddle

Downtown Salt Lake’s skyline appears to be extending a bit further south thanks to a proposed office development by Houston-based developers, Patrinely Group.  The developers want to build two ten-story office buildings and two seven-story parking structures on the 600 South block of Main Street.

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Life on State Project

Posted 01.30.17 by Justin Banks

Life on State involves everyone in the community to build a desirable urban district to live, work and play. Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake are working together for positive change as our region continues to grow and develop.

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Commission approves project west of the Gateway

Posted 01.25.17 by Isaac Riddle

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...

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Commission Approves Large Mixed-Use Downtown Project

Posted 04.28.16 by Isaac Riddle

The 200 West block of 200 South is one of the least vibrant in downtown Salt Lake.  The block is dominated by dead space: surface parking, suburban style-storage facility, several vacant buildings and an aging office building that is significantly set back from the street level.  On Wednesday, the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved a conditional site design review (CSDR) for a project that could significantly enhance the vibrancy along this stretch of 200 South.

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Station Center to lead the Depot District's Revival

Posted 04.22.16 by Isaac Riddle

Artists are historically drawn to emerging neighborhoods that offer lower rents and ample workspace.  For this reason Artspace, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable live and work space for artists, has focused on projects in the formerly industrial western edge of downtown Salt Lake.

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SL County Mayor Hopes New DA Offices Boost Downtown Growth

Posted 04.08.16 by Isaac Riddle

Salt Lake County District Attorney’s will soon have office space of their own. After decades of renting space in nearby offices, Salt Lake County officials broke ground Thursday morning on a new District Attorney building at 35 E. 500 South, directly west of the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse. “Renting space is more expensive for us,” said Salt Lake County Mayor, Ben McAdams.  “This is better for our attorneys to do their jobs”

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Convention Center Hotel Committee Selects Local Developer

Posted 03.22.16 by Isaac Riddle

Salt Lake City is closer to getting a new tallest skyscraper.  Salt Lake County officials announced on Monday that the bid committee for the Salt Lake Convention Center hotel have selected DDRM Cos., a real-estate company headquartered in St. George, Utah.

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RDA Revisits Paperbox Proposal

Posted 02.10.16 by Isaac Riddle

In a rare move, the Salt Lake City Council acting as the Redevelopment Agency’s board of directors, reopened discussion on a previously approved resolution while reevaluating the RDA’s role in building affordable housing. The action was at the request of Salt Lake City Mayor, Jackie Biskupski acting as the Chief Administrative Officer.

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City Enters Into Agreement With Developer For Utah Theater Renovation

Posted 01.27.16 by

It didn’t take long for the Salt Lake City Council acting as the board of the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) to unanimously adopt a resolution to enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with the LaSalle Group for development of the Utah Theater property on the 100 South block of Main Street.

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Commission Approves More Height For Convention Center Hotel

Posted 01.27.16 by Isaac Riddle

On Wednesday, the Salt Lake City Planning Commission voted to forward a favorable recommendation to City Council on a height amendment that would allow for taller building heights in the D-4 zoning district, a seven block area downtown just west of Main Street.

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Top Five Development Stories In 2015

Posted 01.27.16 by Isaac Riddle

Salt Lake City is growing; from Sugar House to Marmalade to Center City, dozens of large multifamily and mixed-use developments are under construction or will be in the new year.  But, based on page visits, salt lake residents seem most interested in the growth happening in downtown.

SL City News published 203 articles in 2015.  The two most-read stories of 2015 were about two proposed downtown skyscrapers.  A new bar on the Center City/downtown border came in third, while the fourth and fifth most-read stories show that interest is growing in developing neighborhoods like Central Ninth.

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RDA Selects Developer for Utah Paperbox Site

Posted 01.26.16 by Isaac Riddle

The construction boom at the 100 South block of 300 West looks to continue.  In the past year, two newly -constructed hotels opened at the block’s north end across from the Vivint Smart Home Arena.  On the south end of the block, Clearwater Homes is converting the former Westgate Business Center into the Paragon Station Lofts, a 38 residential-unit development.

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Former Arrow Press Site to Become Temporary Public Space

Posted 12.15.15 by Isaac Riddle

Even though downtown Salt Lake is covered in snow, for historic building preservationists, it may not feel much like Christmas.  After two weeks of demolition, the 107 year-old Arrow Press building, on the 100 South block of West Temple is no more.  Demolition work began December 1st after the building’s owners, real estate firm InterNet Properties, Inc., spent years arguing that that building was unsalvageable and a safety hazard.

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Urban Expert: Downtown Needs More Residential Growth

Posted 07.20.15 by Isaac Riddle

Downtown Salt Lake’s recent growth is just the tip of the iceberg according to Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, a professor of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development at the University of Arizona and former professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah.  Nelson, was the the keynote speaker Friday in the Downtown Alliances’ State of Downtown event at the Depot.   The professor presented his own analysis of downtown Salt Lake and argued that the Utah’s urban center isn’t meeting the growing demand for downtown living.


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Chicago Urban Exploration | Day 2

Posted 05.15.15 by Nick Como

The Downtown Alliance hosts an annual trip with local leaders and elected officials to explore other American cities. This year, we've chosen Chicago, visiting a wide range of the "Windy City". Read about day one here, which finished with a reception at Google's Chicago headquarters. Their open office concept represents a design many other tech firms have mimicked to provide a collaborative and energetic environment for their workers. And the view wasn't bad, either! 

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Chicago Urban Exploration | Day 1

Posted 05.14.15 by Nick Como

The Downtown Alliance hosts an annual trip with local leaders and elected officials to explore other American cities. This year, we've chosen Chicago, visiting a wide range of neighborhoods in the "Windy City". Here's a quick recap of our first day...