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I don't mind losing those store fronts, but many weren't built in the 1960s and 70s. They were reclad in the 60s and 70s, which ultimately made them ugly. I bet if you stripped them of that recladding, it would look pretty awesome.

With that said, it won't mean lick how nice it looks if it's just nothing but chain retail and restaurants. SugarHouse is more a vibe than a look and if that vibe is lost, what will make it unique from the rest of the valley?

As they say in Austin, keep Austin weird. Well I say keep SugarHouse weird.
I can't imagine that the new development would be able to rent space for the same $ per square foot as space currently goes for. That would probably mean no more funky shops = need to rent to retailers with ability to pay higher rents = national chains. I hope not!
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more photos and video interviews here
I'm worried because Mecham still hasn't released the plans. Does anybody really know what is going to become of the granite block? I think that this will likely go down as being one of the worst City Council decisions ever made. How is 2100 South going to accomodate the traffic for 200 condos built on that small block? In addition a huge parking structure is proposed. The traffic is going to become like Sandy, Draper and all the other clones.
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Wal-Mart interrupted

City is still deciding whether to approve retailer's request to rezone Kmart

http://www.sltrib.com/sugarhouse/ci_6760572


The world's largest retailer wants to tear down the aging Kmart building at Parleys Way and replace it with a 113,620-square-foot Wal-Mart. But those plans appear to be on hold, as city officials still consider Wal-Mart's request to rezone property. (Paul Fraughton /The Salt Lake Tribune )

Art Haddow, a vice-chairman of the council, supports the rezone. He thinks many people oppose a change because they don't like Wal-Mart.
"I fear that they will use their hatred of Wal-Mart [to oppose the rezone] because they don't like Wal-Mart for Wal-Mart, and they will not judge it for what it will do for the community," Haddow said.
The new store would include a landscaping package and "green" features such as skylights that cut the need for artificial illumination during the day and can be closed at night to prevent light from escaping. Wal-Mart would also install new sidewalks and flatten the parking lot, which is currently sloped.




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For some reason the website has been having a lot of problems with it's options lately(preview,etc.). Couldn't get this posted or bumped up this morning.
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Mecham finally realeases the plans! Where is sugarhouse coffee? Where is Blue Boutique? UtahStories.com is the first give you a sneak peek. click here for more

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City is still deciding whether to approve retailer's request to rezone Kmart






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I'm not the biggest fan of Wal-Mart, but if they replace that ugly K-Mart building then I'm all for it.

But what they really should do is since this is Sugarhouse the new Walmart building needs to be at street side with underground parking and the whole building needs to be make out of bricks so it goes with all the other buildings in that area. Also instead of it being just a one level retail store lets add some floors ontop for Office Space or something like that.
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Mecham finally realeases the plans! Where is sugarhouse coffee? Where is Blue Boutique? UtahStories.com is the first give you a sneak peek. click here for more

I've got to be honest, those renderings in that link is ten times better looking than what I hoped for from Mecham.

With the other red mountain company development next to this, it will become a very cool urban area.

In other good news. Artopia from sugarehouse has just relocated itself onto exchange place in downtown (for those who don't know, exchange place is that street between main street and state street and 300 and 400 south. more towards 400 south) 4th street music is also open (they bought out Orions music from sugarhouse) and they are located right across from the salt lake library on 400 south right under stone ground pizza.

It has been very sad to see these business broken up and scattered throughout, but I am grateful that some of them are atleast ending up downtown, and that the renderings for what are replacing them actually look really good.

Thank GOD it wasn't the boyer company who is behind this project.

... seeing these renderings I kind of feel bad about all the harsh things I have said about Mecham. ... I just pray that the Trolley gets rolling. ... W/ Westminster College, The Mecham Development, Redmountain Development, Sugarhouse Park, that other park, a trolley, and the Market Street Development down the road... It makes me really happy. This area is earning the title of the "other downtown" IMO more so than Sandy is or ever should.


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Update: Sept. 6, 2007

Council rejects a moratorium on Sugar House demolitions


http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1...207538,00.html


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Sugar House plans unveiled

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A rendering shows the common area of the Sugar House Loop project. This rendering depicts the condo and office complex of the Sugar House Loop project. (Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune)

On the drawing board

* Nearly an entire block of land from McClelland Street (1040 East) to Highland Drive (approximately 1100 East), and 2100 South to Sugarmont Drive (2225 South) will be redeveloped in coming years by two separate companies, which will add offices, residences and retail shops.
* Developer Craig Mecham's project fronts mainly Highland Drive from 2100 South to about 2150 South. If that project goes well, he may extend development as far south as 2198 South. Red Mountain Retail will rehab the Granite Furniture Complex on the other side of the block fronting mainly McClelland Street (1040 East), from 2100 South to Sugarmont Drive (2225 South), adding mainly retail space and lofts.


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September 7, 2007

Developer aims to keep Sugar House character

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Red Mountain development


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Sugar House Granite block owner, talks to UtahStories.com

Craig Mecham sat down with UtahStories.com and answered all of the tough questions that Utah residents have about their beloved granite block. click here for the story. Also, watch interviews with area patrons who fear the new development will ruin their "last local hold-out against corporations."
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Sugar House redevelopment: Amiable crowd surprises developers, city planners

Judging by the complaints over the past year, it had been expected the public hearing would be a hostile one


http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_7048990?source=rv


(Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune)

... Sugar House residents, once full of vigor and vitriol over the redevelopment of the beloved Granite Block, may finally feel punch drunk...
..."I was going to wear a flak jacket tonight," Commissioner Babs De Lay told the crowd, which leaked into the hallway. "I was kind of surprised at how the community was kind of in favor of this."



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Mecham talks to UtahStories.com about controversial development



Sugar House Granite block developer, Craig Mecham, previously unresponding to phone calls for an interview finally agreed to sit down with UtahStories.com. Mecham answers questions such as:

"What do you say to all of the people who fear we are trading local culture and businesses for more chain stores and a Gateway-type development?"

watch the interview here
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Sugar House Blue Boutique building may be doomed

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_7233558


The Blue Boutique building in Sugar House faces demolition through what one official calls a legal "back door." (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune )

Related: Put on the brakes: Salt Lake planners should get their act together

http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_7261438


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No Sugar House sweet talk

Sugar House suddenly has much of its wonderful weirdness boxed up by boards - and Ralph Becker says Dave Buhler helped hammer the nails.


http://www.sltrib.com/ci_7318859

Barely a week before Election Day, the mayoral hopefuls sparred over the knockout of one of Salt Lake City's most-vibrant neighborhoods during a feisty debate Monday at the Main Library aired live by KCPW radio and KSTU Fox 13 television.

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Iconic Sugar House building Blue Boutique on last leg?

Builder says demolition not imminent; tenant ordered to vacate today



The neon sign in front of the Blue Boutique still shines even though a court order is forcing the shop to be vacated by today. (Paul Fraughton/The Salt Lake Tribune )


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A shame. This has turned into a big fucking mess. Damn these developers.
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Two Projects Vying for City's OK

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1...233433,00.html


The building housing the Blue Boutique has been called the most significant commercial building still standing in Sugar House. ( Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Morning News)


A pedestrian walks past Sugar House area proposed for redevelopment. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Morning News)

More than 250 people have signed an online petition opposing plans by Craig Mecham Investments to knock down the block's eclectic strip of retail buildings that front 2100 South and Highland Drive, calling for the community's unique character to be maintained.


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More than 100 pack City Council chambers

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1...233425,00.html

"The Blue Boutique has the right to exist, but anyone can see that it does not belong in a historic, residential neighborhood," resident Edward Campos told the City Council. "You know it doesn't belong there. Do the right thing."

City attorney says the store has a right to move into Sugar House location


http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_763863...e=rv?source=rv


Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune


Salt Lake City resident Fred Conlon is escorted out of the City Council chambers by Salt Lake City police Officer Jeff Bedard, left, and Anthony Valdez, a CBI Security Sergeant at Arms, after approaching the council members with an adult toy during public discussion on the Blue Boutique store's new location. (Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune )



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