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Second annual Mayor’s Symposium Focuses on Salt Lake’s Granary District

Mayor Ralph Becker and CA+P explore the Granary District.

Feb. 16, 2012 – Southwest of downtown Salt Lake is an area of once and possible future vitality, but most commonly driven through—or over.

The Granary District is an area bounded roughly by 600 South, 300 West, Interstate-15 and the I-15 on/off ramp area. Historically, it has been an industrial and railroad corridor. Now it is mainly comprised of low-density warehouses, commercial buildings and many vacant lots. Much is possible say planners, residents and others.

The Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office and the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah are co-hosting a symposium February 17, 2012 to discuss ideas that could transform the area. Proponents believe encouraging new uses and attracting investment could more fully energize a mixed-use neighborhood that is well-positioned between downtown and other urban neighborhoods.

The Symposium will be held Friday, February 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Frida Bistro, in the Granary District—545 South 700 West. The event is free and open to the public. More information about the event is available at

“Opportunities abound in an area that is in close proximity to downtown and transit, has been attracting numerous artists and musicians with affordable studio space, and is home to unique local businesses and a number of historically significant buildings,” says Nan Ellin, chair of the department of city & metropolitan planning at the U. “We find that bringing together stakeholders and experts from the district itself, the city, and around the country can help us build on these assets in the best possible way.”

Speakers include Jess Zimbabwe, executive director of the Rose Center, Urban Land Institute in Washington D.C., Dana Bourland of Enterprise Community Partners in Maryland, and Jessica Norie, President of Artspace in downtown Salt Lake City.