Update, as of November 19, 2012 - Granite Furniture Block Project is delayed
SALT LAKE CITY – It was once known as the most eclectic part of
Sugar House, but it’s been an eyesore for nearly 5 years. Now another
big blow for the historic part of town, where restaurants were hoping
to make their debut just in time for the holidays.
The Granite Furniture Block project isn’t far from what many refer to
as the “Sugar Hole.” They are two different projects, but one big
headache for everyone involved.
“It has impacted me,” says Susan Jarvis, who has been at Rockwood
Art Studio along 2100 South and 1300 East since 2001. “At first when
they tore everything down there was a mass exodus of artists from
Jarvis managed to survive, but for merchants like Debbie Valline, it’s not
“One of the reasons why we moved here was because of the additional
foot traffic,” Valline said.
Valline came to Local Colors of Utah a year ago, hoping the old building
next door would be done by now.
“They were originally going to be open for December for the
holiday shopping,” but she also understands it was a huge
Since construction started at the historic Granite Furniture Building
in July, “Parking is a little bit challenging” says Laurie Bray, who helps run
the Sugar House Santa Shack. The sidewalk was also closed, but part of
it was reopened late last week.
Mark Isaac, who is the Project Manager for Granite Furniture Block owned
by Sugar House Development says, “It took a long time for us to
surgically demo the interior to decide how much of the old bones we
could actually save.”
He says the delay has a lot to do with preserving the integrity of the
“We had some design changes, design review delays which was actually it’s
a positive for our community because the city is busy, there’s a lot of
plans into review and the city is so busy they were behind, our reviews
took a long time.”
Isaac says if you’re patient, the finished project will be something
Sugar House can finally boast about.
“We have a burger restaurant opening, slated for January 16th. We have
a really really cool pizza and wine bar concept that will open at the end
A bakery, a local coffee shop along with other restaurants and office
space will fill the 71,000-square-foot building.
The project is behind schedule by about three months, but Isaac says
people can look forward to seeing the historic sign at Granite light up
again. In less than two weeks, people driving by will get an idea as to who
is actually moving in.