Press Release: City Launches Redevelopment of Historic Northwest Pipeline Building Site

Mayor Ralph Becker and the City’s Community and Economic Development Department invite residents and media representatives to a kickoff event marking the redevelopment of the Historic Northwest Pipeline Building and Site (former Public Safety Building) at 300 East and 200 South on Friday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Following a community outreach and education effort, the City is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of the 2.5-acre site. The RFP calls for proposals to include the rehabilitation of the structure as well as the development of new buildings that will provide market-rate, affordable and permanent supportive housing to help address critical gaps in the City's housing stock.  

To ensure that the project enhances the mixed-use nature of the neighborhood, successful proposals will be required to include space for neighborhood businesses as well as public open space.

"This is a great opportunity to deliver a transformative project for this area through the development of further affordable housing units and exciting new neighborhood retail,” said Mayor Becker. “We are also laying the groundwork for a renovation of this historic and iconic building–an effort that brings new vibrancy to the neighborhood while also serving to preserve and protect the character of our community.”

The development of the Northwest Pipeline Building is another component of the Mayor’s 5000 Doors Initiative. 5000 Doors is an ambitious housing initiative to address Salt Lake City's lack of housing options that are affordable to low-wage workers and moderate-income families, persons with disabilities and those on fixed incomes.  The initiative is promoting the development, preservation, and support of 5,000 affordable housing units over five years and has made significant progress in its first year. The successful proposal will include at least 50 permanent supportive housing units and a significant number of the affordable housing units.

The Northwest Pipeline Building most recently served as the headquarters for Salt Lake City's Police and Fire department operations. In 2011, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making a future developer eligible for tax credits to be used toward its rehabilitation. The building is a classic example of International style architecture.