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The Maven District is looking to expand to State Street in Liberty Wells

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The company behind the Maven District, a collection of mixed-use buildings across Salt Lake City, is expanding its footprint, this time with adaptive reuse and a residential project in the Liberty Wells neighborhood.

Maven has partnered with the Colmena Group on a project on a site that has struggled for years under previous owners who largely neglected a pair of buildings near 1800 S. State.

Representatives stressed in talks with Building Salt Lake that their plans are preliminary. They would like to know what residents in the surrounding neighborhood would like to see before finalizing a proposal that will likely require rezoning. But so far, their framework includes renovating an existing warehouse to create space for underserved business owners and constructing a new mixed-income, mixed-use building on the site.

It would be one of the first times that Colmena has been involved in a major rehabilitation project, historically starting from scratch on a vacant site before construction. Maven says he would continue to focus on building homes for business owners in underserved communities.

“A lot of new entrepreneurs are overwhelmed or scared or don’t have the funds available to start a business,” said Tessa Arneson, founder of Maven. “One of the main things we can do to bring more underserved people and founders into the game is to provide ‘easy leases and flexible spaces.’

There will be around 40 such spaces in all, including space for retail, offices, fitness, food and more.

Having started with a mixed-use development around 150 E.900 S. in the Central City district, Maven has been busy expanding its footprint in the capital.

Another mixed-use project is underway across from the original development, and the company recently opened Maven West, a residential building with space for a restaurant on the ground floor, in the Central 9th ​​district.

The company is focused on supporting local, female and underserved founders settling into their first homes for their businesses, Arneson said. Three-quarters of the 70 companies they work with are owned by women.

That’s the plan for Maven State, whose residential component may require rezoning of at least part of the 1.07-acre (46,600-square-foot) property. Here’s what we know.

A Google Earth image looking east on State Street at 1791 South in Liberty Wells, where the Maven District is looking to expand its footprint with a pair of mixed-use buildings.

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This property in southwest Liberty Wells sits on the hard boundary created by State Street, a state-owned nine-lane surface highway that both promotes and hinders walking in the area.

Commercial zoning along State Street provides the most space for Liberty Wells businesses, making the edges of Liberty Wells walkable on paper (whether it’s an unpleasant place to stroll, linger, or otherwise traveling outside of a car).

The 1815 S. State Warehouse is considered very passable by WalkScore.com, meaning most daily errands can be completed on foot in a reasonably short amount of time.

Indeed, on the north side of Coatsville and the state is the Qaderi Sweetz n Spicez Market, a full-service grocery store offering Pakistani and Indian dishes. A block north, at the corner of 1700 South State, the full-service Asian Market Ocean City is moving.

There is a cluster of bars, restaurants and new housing both along State and flanking 1700 South in the Ballpark area. A new mixed-income project at 1749 S. State recently replaced a run-down motel that was once a source of common and sometimes deadly crime and now houses very low-income housing thanks to the market.

The area is served by one of the region’s most popular bus routes, Route 200, which is serviced by 15-minute branch lines. Yet nearby stops, including at Coatsville and State, force cyclists to stand amidst the intense heat island created by the adjacent stretch of sidewalk and lack of shade.

Maven has partnered with the Colmena Group, which was recently named key developer of the former Point of the Mountain prison site in Draper.

This is the first major project in Salt Lake City since Colmena lost its position as lead developer of the Sears Block near 800 S. State. (Intermountain Healthcare purchased the property in Colmena in December and plans to move its LDS hospital from the Upper Avenues to the center of town.)

“This adaptive reuse is new to us,” said Aabir Malik, vice president of development at Colmena. “One of the things that makes neighborhoods unique and interesting is trying to use what’s already there.”

The warehouse building has over 36,000 square feet. Although its exterior was barricaded for years after a structural fire during the site’s previous owner, a recent visit by Building Salt Lake confirmed that the building is in surprisingly good condition.

The curved design at the southwest end of the building offers a rare architectural style that the new owners say they want to preserve and restore with the project.

A former 4,200 square foot office building on the corner of Coatsville and State that was undergoing a year-long renovation into a hot pot restaurant will likely be replaced entirely.

What we know about the project

The companies also control two vacant single-family homes on the northeast end of the site along Coatsville Avenue, which will be removed.

At the southeast end is a surface parking lot that once served Fadels Furniture Warehouse customers before the location closed over 15 years ago. The homes and parking lot are both zoned single-family, matching most of the surrounding area in the east of the state.

The buildings facing the State are zoned commercial.

Businesses are likely to ask the city to rezone the entire property as a Residential Mixed-Use (R-MU) to allow the residential building to be up to 75 feet tall (or more if groups pass by). the design review process).

RMU is one of the most permissive zoning types in the city residential codespermitting virtually any type of business or type of dwelling, either as of right or with conditional permission from the city.

This would allow Maven State to house the range of businesses envisioned by Arneson, as well as make room for about 150 residential units ranging from studios to two bedrooms.

“We really try to think of each property as a chessboard. What kinds of times is the community already thriving, and what times isn’t it?” Arneson says. Are there night businesses? Day businesses? Businesses where people go in and out all day?”

The framework that Maven and Colmena have so far is to create a courtyard space between the new residential building and the rehabilitated office and retail building. The courtyard would be flanked by restaurants and the retail spaces would face State Street.

People driving cars would access the parking lot on the east side of the residential building from Coatsville or Downington Avenues.

The project could take the idea of ​​creating a signalized crosswalk on State Street further, which would better connect Maven to the Ballpark neighborhood and the southbound bus stop that is across the freeway from the UDOT.

No moving this pair of vacant buildings between Coatsville and Downington to UDOT US-89 surface highway through Salt Lake City.

An opportunity to give your opinion

Malik and Arneson said that while they have a framework for their plans on the site, they welcome ideas for what residents would like to see incorporated into Maven State.

Companies share more information at Maven’s Outdoor Summer Market Sept. 24 at 177 East 900 South, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Email Taylor Anderson.

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