What is the retail plan for the project?
Retail is planned along the street frontage of the medical building and residential building. In addition, a small activated retail storefront is incorporated into the front of the podium parking structure. The feedback that we received from over 150 local business owners was that the area needed more day-time users to support existing dining and retail. We believe that the best way the project can support local retail and restaurants is by attracting high-end office and medical tenants. Our design encourages pedestrian connectivity to facilitate use of existing amenities.
What’s happening to Ashton Avenue?
Connectivity for pedestrians and bikes is important to the Sugar House community. Ashton Avenue, sometimes referred to as the “secret street” by Sugar House residents, will be maintained along the southern edge of the project. The street is designed to be a PRATT (Parley’s Rails Trails & Tunnels) connection and will one day help connect the McClelland Trail. The updated street will include dedicated bike lanes, sidewalk improvements, bike racks, a rest area and water bottle refill station.
Why did we select podium parking?
By using a podium parking structure, we were able to double the number of parking stalls while reducing the number of surface level stalls from 575 to 140. Additionally, the podium parking structure is underground and subsequently camouflages 90% of the parking required. The residential building has a separate podium parking facility that serves the same purpose.
How does a new street benefit Sugar House?
The Sugar House Street and Circulation Master Plan calls for the reestablishment of the historic grid street system to help divide the large blocks of Sugar House into more manageable pedestrian scale. The development team conducted a traffic survey of the Sugar House neighborhood. The survey found that creating an additional street between 1300 East and Highland Drive, while meeting the circulation master plan, could improve overall community-wide traffic circulation. The design of the new street includes left turn lanes which will allow for continuous traffic flow in the area and wide pedestrian ways on both sides of the street.
What are the plans to activate the new street?
Based on community input retail will be included along the new street. In addition, the project will include upgraded landscaping, vegetation, and architectural features to help activate the new corridor. An active window display and art space are programmed into the improvements.
How has public art been incorporated into the project?
We heard from the community that incorporating unique art pieces into the project could contribute to the ongoing eclectic “funky” feel of the community. The current design incorporates three art installations into the project. The pieces include a clock tower on the new street similar to the monument tower on 2100 South and Highland Drive, a sculpture on the plaza between the medical and office building, and gallery space on the street frontage of the podium parking structure.
What updates are being made to the building structure and exterior façade?
We have further refined the materials and colors to better adhere with the established Sugar House design guidelines. The designs include awnings, red brick detailing, lighting, pedestrian friendly blade signs, and variations on the window treatments.
How was the location of the multi-tenant office building determined?
The office building is designed to meet Class A standards to attract knowledge-based industries and companies that offer complimentary services to the community. In addition to high-end interior finishes, the building is designed to be visible at street level from all four sides. The parking podium is located to better accommodate pedestrian circulation between the new buildings and existing retail and restaurant establishments.
How high will the buildings be?
The heights of the buildings meet current codes and zoning within the Sugar House Central Business District. The office and medical buildings are each five stories high. The residential building is six stories including one story of retail on the street level.
How has the community participated in the process?
Our team began working with the public in late December 2016, to talk about opportunities for the development and find out what the community thought would be the best fit for the area. After this initial engagement that included a community survey, business outreach, and stakeholder meetings, we determined community-wide opinion-based trends. We used the baseline of this information to influence project design. We have continued to work with the Sugar House Community Council, Sugar House Chamber, Salt Lake City and other key organizations to get additional feedback and project designs have subsequently progressed.
Have green spaces been included?
The project sits between two large city parks; Sugar House Park and Fairmont Park. Landscaping has been incorporated throughout the project and along the new street to provide a sense of connection between these two large green spaces. A prominent plaza that incorporates green space and a seating area is included between the medical and office buildings. Benches and outdoor seating have been incorporated along the street to provide respite for pedestrians going into the Sugar House Shopping District.
Have community gathering places been included?
Yes. In addition to the plaza that connects the medical and office buildings, a community art gallery space has been included in front of the parking podium structure.
How do you get from the project to the Sugar House business district?
The project is conveniently located along the east side and entrance to the Sugar House Central Business District. We have worked to foster connectivity throughout the neighborhood. Crosswalks and pathways have been designed to provide a short, safe, and interesting connection to all facets of central Sugar House including more than 87 retailers and restaurants. The location provides ease of travel with convenient access to Interstate 80, the streetcar line, and established bike and pedestrian thoroughfares.
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