HOUSING + HOMELESSNESS

Salt Lake City plans to flip historic former public safety building into new housing

Jun 5, 2024, 12:30 PM | Updated: Jun 6, 2024, 3:16 pm

The exterior of the historic Northwest Pipeline Building in Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday. ...

The exterior of the historic Northwest Pipeline Building in Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday. The building is to be converted into housing and function as a part of the Grove development, according to Salt Lake City. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)

(Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah congressman Ben McAdams paints a rosy future of the vacant Northwest Pipeline Building just east of downtown Salt Lake City.

McAdams is now the founder and CEO of a public-private real estate organization called the Common Ground Institute. He envisions the building functioning as part of the Grove development. The historic building will anchor the three-building mixed-use development with affordable family housing and retail space.

“We imagine a place where residents, neighbors and visitors from further afar will enjoy serenity in the heart of our city,” he said on Tuesday. He was standing in front of the building’s shuttered entry.

A place where opportunities and prosperity thrive. (It’s) a place that is sustainable and in harmony with our community.”

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced last year that the historic building would be renovated and converted into housing units. The building opened in 1958 as an office space.

It eventually became the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, which remained until 2013.

The Common Ground Institute is part of a three-organization team now tasked with getting the property there.  Mendenhall and other city leaders on Tuesday announced the selection of Housing Assistance Management Enterprise, Xylem Projects and Common Ground Institute to oversee an ambitious project to convert the 66-year-old building into multifamily housing.

The group bested nearly a dozen other development teams in receiving the project.

Daniel Nackerman said he was thrilled. He’s the president of the Housing Assistance Management Enterprise and director of the Housing Authority.

“We are overjoyed to accept this challenge. We feel like our plan is really well-vetted [and] open to change going forward.”

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Salt Lake City plans to flip historic former public safety building into new housing