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Design contest to revamp part of downtown Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) An area of downtown Salt Lake City is about to get a shot in the arm. The Sixty-Nine Seventy project is accepting bids from designers all around the world to spruce up a two-block area of Main Street between 200 South to 100 South.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) An area of downtown Salt Lake City is about to get a shot in the arm.

The Sixty-Nine Seventy project is accepting bids from designers all around the world to spruce up a two-block area of Main Street between 200 South to 100 South.

It's a vibrant part of downtown thanks to the bars, theatres and restaurants already there, but it's the spaces in between these thriving hotspots that need a bit of facelift, according to the contest organizers.

“We have all this creative energy on these blocks this competition is called the ‘in between spaces’ and it's about just that, how do we connect all of these really cool important things in our city and bring it together to harness an energy?” said Greg Walker, AIA Utah Young Architects Forum.

The possibilities are endless, Walker said. “I don't know if it's going to be an art installation that the jury gravitates towards, that it's going to be somebody saying look you think these streetscapes could have special landscaping to them,” said Walker. “But it's all of those things that are possible.”

It just so happened as ABC4 was gathering this story we ran into one of the contest entries-- an architect team from San Francisco getting a survey of what they have to work with.

“This city has a lot going for it and when you're trying to improve quality of life that seemed to be a good challenge for us to take on,” said Paul Jamtgaard, architect.

Organizers hope this contest will inspire other parts of downtown to follow suit and brighten up the artistic energy in the spaces that need it. The end goal, Walker said, is to make downtown a place more people want to discover.

“When people come and travel to the capitol city you come here and enjoy all these creative things it's not a destination,” said Walker. “It's like how to have people come down here and lose themselves in the city.”

Design teams from all around the world are in the process of submitting ideas. The finalists will be on display at the Leonardo for the public to view. The winner will be selected in June.
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