SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A major redevelopment project is under way encompassing 200 acres of land surrounding 2100 S. State Street, and officials say the undertaking will give South Salt Lake the defined downtown area it has always lacked.
"South Salt Lake currently doesn't have an identifiable downtown. That's something that over the last few years we've wanted to create," said Michael Florence, Community and Economic Development Director for South Salt Lake. Right now, the area is full of manufacturing and industrial businesses, as well as a lot of empty lots, but Florence says that is all about to change. "People are very excited about what's going on," he said, adding that city and county officials see major potential in the project (zoned between 2100 S. and I-80, and from State Street to I-15).
"It's the only area along the UTA TRAX line where you can access all three TRAX lines, and then you also have the streetcar line that connects with the TRAX line in the area," Florence explained.
That is why for years, South Salt Lake City has been mapping out the plan.
"This is phase one, here at 2100 S. and State Street," Florence pointed out on a rendering. Project leaders say the first thing to go is a vacant Boater's World and Inkleys building. By next year at this time, a WinCo Foods supermarket will stand at the center of the new 'downtown district.'
There are also several housing complexes going up during phase one. "They're building 157 units along the streetcar line and 120 at 2100 S. and main street," Florence said. Long-term, the large-scale undertaking aims to bring 20,000 new jobs to the area, 3 million square feet of retail, and 2,500 housing units.
Officials say funding it is possible through a program with Salt Lake County and its regional partners."We've been contributing $200,000 dollars annually, and now we've been able to assist about 15 communities in similar types of arrangements, but South Salt Lake was early on in the forefront of that," said Carlton Christensen, Regional Development Director for Salt Lake County.
Businesses already in the area, like Salt Lake Valley Dodge, plan on expanding as well. Officials say the entire project will take 20 to 25 years.
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