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New high-rise would push out iconic Salt Lake City businesses

Posted at 5:48 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 19:48:15-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Another high-rise apartment building could skim the downtown skyline in Salt Lake City.

A Seattle-based real estate company is moving forward with plans to redevelop a popular corner at 300 South and 200 East.

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On Jan 28, paperwork was filed to combine three parcels of land, which is anchored by the popular Tavernacle Social Club to make way for a massive development.

“I like that there are small businesses. I like the diversity. I like that it feels local; that’s really important to me,” said Carolyn Lyons, who has lived downtown for more than seven years.

Soon, Lyons could be joined by hundreds of new neighbors living in a proposed 31-story skyscraper.

“That makes me really upset,” Lyons said.

In a parcel consolidation submitted by Worthington TPIII LLC to Salt Lake City, a site plan shows a proposed 31-story apartment building.

The plan poses construction where the mustard-colored Broadway Plaza currently stands.

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The Seattle-based company owns the current property home of a half-dozen small, local businesses.

“It’s crazy to think about it. We walk down there every day,” said Luke Hamilton.

Down the block, Hamilton hopes the proposed development brings in more customers to City Barbers. The pandemic hit downtown business particularly hard when many commuters began working from home.

"As far as business goes, that will definitely help us especially with how big it is going to be. We are right across the corner, so that will help,” said Hamilton.

The city’s planning office tells FOX 13 building plans have not been submitted for approval, but it is possible a 31-story building complies with current zoning requirements on this property.

Lyons hopes something can be done.

“What’s going to happen to places like The Tavernacle that are the culture of Salt Lake City? [They are] the reason people want to live here and if you take it out and put in luxury apartments, nobody wants to live here,” Lyons said.

Employees of the current businesses here say they have to vacate the building by this summer.

Worthington TPIII LLC did not respond to FOX 13s requests for an interview Tuesday.