In Part I, readers were introduced to the underlying theme of 2011 Sugar House Development based on the 1968 Rolling Stones hit, ‘You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, you get what you need,’ and an overview of some of the most notable development projects reflecting that theme during the year including:
Another ‘needed’ Sugar House development includes Rinaldo Hunt’s Vista Strata apartment and commercial project just east of Kentucky Fried Chicken on the 2100 South frontage road and View Street (1350 East). Remaining residents have departed and a construction fence is up in anticipation of the demolition of three triplexes, a twelve-unit apartment house, and one single housing unit, most recently utilized as a long-term stay venture, ultimately gone awry.
Though the plans, including design and anticipated materials, are ‘not up to par’ with the standards set by the community’s self proclaimed ‘developer/architect wanna be’s’, who‘want’ something different, the apartments in that project, as well as those in the Mecham development, are ‘needed’ to fill the ‘housing void’ created by the unstable economy and failed real estate market that currently exists.
Developments that border Sugar House
Northeast of Sugar House, construction of the Hampton Inn on Foothill Drive (across the street from Foothill Village) is almost complete as is an accompanying parking structure and dental office torn down and rebuilt in space better suited to the newly configured area design. The primary goal of the reconfiguration of this small commercial area between 1300 and 1400 South is to keep traffic off Foothill Drive, already congested with commuters traveling to and from the University of Utah and downtown areas.
To do this, traffic flow has been rerouted to 2300 East. This was accomplished despite protests from nearby residents, who claim they could not, even before the reconfiguration, exit their neighborhood via 2300 East because UofU commuters have already discovered this route, which, residents claim, will only be more congested with traffic exiting both the Hampton Inn and dental office parking structure.
But others defend the rerouted traffic, claiming it is the only viable fix, and citing the benefits of the new Hampton Inn versus the somewhat run-down Scenic Motel it replaced. Reasonably priced, short-term lodging with more amenities (than Scenic Motel offered) is ‘needed’ for the many out-of-town visitors who have a family member or loved one receiving medical treatment at Primary Children’s Hospital or the University of Utah Medical Center.
Other anticipated guests include those attending UofU conferences or athletic events, and, during the winter, skiers who don’t mind driving a bit farther to save on more costly resort accommodations. Moreover, like the Scenic Motel it replaces, it is one of only three such places to stay in the Sugar House/Foothill area, others being the Skyline Inn, 2475 East 1700 South and the Homestead Suites, 1220 East 2100 South.
At one time, a Dairy Queen restaurant on the northeast corner of 1300 South 1100 East served up burgers, fries, and ice cream treats to neighborhood customers, but following its closure, the boarded up building sat vacant for many years, a target for numerous graffiti attacks, ultimately deteriorating from neighborhood hangout to neighborhood eyesore.
Clearly an improvement was ‘needed’, despite roadblocks such as those who ‘wanted’ to uncover the Jordan Canal, running beneath the property. Notwithstanding differing goals, resolution was finally achieved, although construction has raised new concerns from some nearby, who insist it is being built too close to the street. Apparently it is within code; SLC neighborhood development encourages the ‘street presence’ reflected in this project. Nearly complete, one tenant will be Age Fitness, with space for another–possibly a restaurant.
Sugar House Development 2011: Residents and developers ‘didn’t always get what they wanted, but . . . they got what they need!’