West of the newly opened Post District, adjacent to I-15, the redevelopment will pay homage to the famous Corn Towers and add housing, shops and a large park to the Granary District.
Developers plan to convert a modest Salt Lake City block off Interstate 15 known for its vacant white grain elevators into a new neighborhood with affordable mid-size housing, sidewalks, shops and a fresh downtown park.
The city on Wednesday approved initial designs for “The Silos,” envisioned as the grand and dramatic second act of the city’s newly opened Post District in the Granary District, stretching along the busy 500 South and 600 South freeway ramps between 300 West and 300 West 400 extend west.
The Silos will comprise another major mixed-use redevelopment with two new buildings and conversions of two existing buildings, as well as off-site parking and large green spaces – all designed as a modern homage to the area’s grim, industrial heritage as a warehouse district. said Pieter Berger, chief architect at California-based MVE Architects.
“We have these incredible structures that have been part of the Salt Lake City skyline for almost a century,” Berger said of the existing silos. “And this project is about creating a really meaningful open space that brings users and the public to these amazing structures.”
The focal point of the project, he says, will be Silo Park, a plaza designed as a central parking space adjacent to the aging grain towers and connected by two sidewalks in the middle of the block.
The latest designs for The Silos come a month after the same developer consortium opened the Post District’s ambitious redevelopment, which includes 580 homes, luxury amenities and public spaces with walkways across 13.1 contiguous acres.
Meanwhile, a new report on the city’s continued boon for housing concludes that the Granary District’s proximity to the city center continues to be a magnet for redevelopment.
The report, released by commercial brokers with CBRE, said that even after a recent spate of adaptive redevelopment and new mixed-use development in the district, “this is just the beginning of what Salt Lake City residents can expect in the near future.”
The first phase for The Silos is planned to focus on the east half of the block and will entail the construction of two six-story residential buildings with a total of 286 studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments and some retail space.
This includes the conversion of two small historic buildings on the block, known as the Miller and Casket buildings, into a parking garage and additional retail stores.
Amenities will be spread throughout the complex, including multiple podium and rooftop terraces, as well as other common spaces.
Developers received approval Wednesday to build the project’s new buildings 85 feet and 83 feet tall, exceeding the 60-foot limit normally allowed without zoning permits under the block’s current commercial zoning. The Planning Commission also granted their motion to treat the block as a proposed development and allow certain concessions on setbacks and entrances.
Berger said buildings facing 500 South and 600 South will be architecturally designed to reflect the grain elevators and unconventional angled roof of the Post House, a landmark apartment building in the adjacent Post District.
A special type of textured brick will be used on the facades along 500 South and 600 South streets, Berger said, to mark the I-15 entrance to Utah’s capital.
“It says, ‘This is different,’ he said, “and special.”
Future phases will include additional — and more affordable — housing, as well as more commercial space, a hotel, pickleball courts and the city park, developers said.
A planning commission member, Amy Barry, voted against the designs after commenting on the lack of visual diversity on the plan’s building facades along 600 South. Others argued that the route’s proximity to the freeway would attract motorists rather than pedestrians, and warned that additional design requirements for the buildings could drive up rents for their affordable housing.