SLC looks to recast transit hub neighborhood

Salt Lake City has its eyes on a sweeping face-lift for the blocks just east of the FrontRunner transit hub in an effort to transform the moribund "Depot District" into a thriving city gateway.

The blueprint calls for a blend of housing, retail, restaurants, a small theater and a possible urban research park that would be pedestrian friendly and connect the transit hub to the Rio Grande Depot a block east. It also envisions a streetcar connection, bike station and international student housing spread across the 13 acres now owned by the city's Redevelopment Agency. There even could be a year-round public market as well as restoration of the historic ice house building.

What's more, the RDA and Utah Transit Authority may collaborate on the makeover by recasting UTA's bus-maintenance center on 200 South and its dilapidated but architecturally valuable train warehouse directly north of the Salt Lake Central stop.

The Depot District stretches from 200 South to 400 South between 600 West and 500 West. Planners suggest some of the vacant buildings be revived while smaller warehouses could be razed.

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