The Granary District

Creating walkable, urban, human-centered neighborhoods in the Granary District.

Although the Downtown Rising project did not cover the Granary District, the southern boundary of project is 600 South which is the northern boundary of the Granary district. The study has some elements that may be of interest to the Granary District.

The city should be encouraged adopt these elements as part of the Granary District Master Plan. http://www.envisionutah.org/eu_projects_localvisioning.html

 

The Soul of Our City: Districts with Character (page 19)

Downtown Rising recommends establishing and nurturing districts with distinctive character and soul. Districts are defined by a multitude of elements, including predominant users, architecture, the scale of buildings and the materials they are
made from, the type of landscaping, and the nature of street uses.

It’s important to note that the evolution of districts is an organic process; it will change over time... There are no hard and fast rules about what uses are in a
particular district. What’s important is that, over time, each district will “feel” different from its neighbors; each will have a distinct sense of place.

Green Loop

Specifically, page 16 identifies the study's Green Loop Signature Project as a "range to river" of tree-lined streets and parks forming a "necklace of green". The southern portion of the Green Loop is 900 South from Liberty Park to the Jordan River. Furthermore, 500 West and the area between 600 and I-15 are identified as the "West Park Blocks" and the "Gateway Commons", respectively. Four locations were identified for pocket parks within the Granary District as well.

Quoting the report:

“Park Avenue” (page 17)

....green corridors as heavily landscaped boulevards ... that connect the city’s parks and recreational amenities. These routes are still fully functioning streets, places with traffic and on-street parking, and yet, they are some of the most preferred places to go for a downtown walk. Their many trees and stronger emphasis on landscaping soften the adjacent urban environment. As the location of ... new mid-rise residential buildings, [and] potential for the addition of center park strips to help define this street as the core of an urban neighborhood.

500 West Park Blocks

The existing park blocks west of The Gateway are extended south to 900 South. These urban oases are the recreation focal points for new urban neighborhoods that emanate out from existing west side lofts.

Gateway Commons
Develop a substantial, meandering and natural path of parks through this reclaimed industrial space in the ... neighborhood.

900 South jogging trail
A former rail right-of-way next to 900 South between Interstate 15 and the Jordan River is transformed into a new walking and jogging trail.

Other ideas from the report could be applicable to the Granary District include:

Street character (page 15)
Each of the streets serves a slightly different role – ...walking routes, ...regional traffic arteries and ... public transportation - ... [but] all downtown streets, regardless of their primary function, must be beautiful and convenient for pedestrians.

200 East

While automobile traffic would still be a primary use of ... 200 East development [could be spurred] by providing active open space in a “Park Avenue” concept similar to the center park blocks on 500 West or 600 East. Turning 200 East into a dynamic urban street.

West Temple

Modifications suggested include:
■ Retail uses that greet the street and feature prominent entrances for pedestrians.

■ ... provide purposeful pedestrian destinations ... includ[ing] a linear sculpture garden, kiosks and food carts, and outdoor dining.

■ Plant more shade trees, install more wayfinding signs, repurpose turning lanes to create pedestrian refuges, public art or landscaping, and explore reconfiguring on-street parking to provide more parking opportunities.

GRAND BOULEVARDS (500 SOUTH AND 600 SOUTH)
Both streets should be grand expressions of a capital city. More-stately and urban
boulevards can be accomplished by adding monumental trees and distinctive lighting to form a canopy over the streets ... building multi-story structures to the edge of the sidewalk, and preventing visible surface parking lots.

100 SOUTH

Traffic demands on this section are low. A pedestrian oriented street could showcase ... a growing restaurant scene ... thus become a linear park filled with people, but still open to auto movement and on-street parking, not unlike Rio Grande Street in the center of The Gateway.

Perhaps the Granary District could take descriptive cues from the following:

(page 23) The Broadway District is one of the places Salt Lake City goes to have fun. It is the lively epicenter for the arts, culture, entertainment and hospitality. It is animated, bold and lively... The Broadway District is home to growing population of residents living in new condos and converted loftstyle flats, and it includes the Downtown Public Market...The District is enlivened by the creation of interesting places for bars, restaurants and shops in the interior of blocks, connected to the street by pedestrian passageways.

(page 25) The Gateway District is entrepreneurial, lively and inventive. It is an incubator for new enterprises and creativity — the place where artisans, writers, entrepreneurs and others congregate to live, work, shop and converse. It’s warehouse spaces are filled with art galleries, high-tech businesses, unique shops and one-of-a-kind restaurants... Its excellent transit connections, supply of warehouse
structures, ...and undeveloped land make the ...District a center of focus for Salt Lake City’s growing downtown.

(page 34) ... markets are not just a shopping experience, they are community gathering places ... people shopping at dozens of booths and stalls ...where people socialize, sample products and listen to local performers strolling among the booths. Residents and visitors mingle among the produce, prepared foods and locally made clothing and artisan wares, enjoying the best of Utah’s natural and hand-crafted offerings.

(page 35) downtown ... lacks a major public community recreation center. Downtown Rising believes Salt Lake City must invest in staying healthy. A downtown health and fitness center, ideally located along the Green Loop and near a TRAX line, is a needed facility. It could be a gathering place for the growing number of people living downtown and an amenity for those working and visiting downtown. This facility should be not only the flagship public gymnasium ... but also a major community center, with support services like meeting rooms, elder center, day care, coffee shop and restaurant. It also might feature a drop-in clinic ... in association with a local hospital. Providing sports activities for children, perhaps supporting private, public and charter schools in and near downtown, is also a viable opportunity.

ACHIEVING THE VISION

Principles (page 39)
The Downtown Rising leaders have agreed to follow these guiding principles as we implement the vision:
Collaborative — We will actively seek partnerships that will help to achieve our vision.

Public leadership/market-led implementation — By combining our spirit of community with our spirit of enterprise, we can realize the future that we have envisioned.

Targeted — We will prioritize how we spend our resources so that we can accomplish this vision effectively.

Community-based — We will continue to involve the public and seek their input.

Sustainability — We will build on Salt Lake City’s reputation as a place that respects the local and global environment and develops in ways that are healthy, sensitive and sustainable.

Humanitarian — We embrace a vision for our city that is about much more than buildings and places; visions are about people and their ability to live fulfilling and productive lives.

... create, communicate and cultivate a unified vision,...[to] ensure everyone is working towards the same goal. ... With spirited commitment and entrepreneurial energy, we commend and commit our collective efforts to make the ... vision a reality and invite others to join us. Implementation will occur in three phases: near-term (first three years), mid-term (four to 15 years) and far-term (16+ years).

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Brian, 

Thanks for sharing this! I knew they were doing a study that would eventually turn into zoning recommendations for the City, but didn't know some of the findings/ suggestions were out yet.

There are some gerat suggestions too and we hope that the Granary District charrette book will be a collaborative tool for helping to transform the Granary and surrounding neighborhoods.

I've attached a draft of the charrette book. The "final" draft will be out by next week that will post for the public.

The file was too big, but I'll post it soon and interested to hear your thoughts.

To be clear, what I posted was completed in 2007 but is the foundation for the current work. The current work is more specific that the original project.

Oh, thanks. Look forward to seeing the results. Thanks again for sharing.

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