Salt Lake City has a budding creative sector economy, but it has been increasingly difficult for artists to find affordable studio and residential space. Area nonprofit Artspace has begun to tackle this issue by creating affordable artist live/work spaces.
Artspace City Center has had a dual impact on the City. First, it supports the creative sector by offering artists the amenities they need at rates they can afford, including 18 affordable live/work artist townhouses, street-level galleries, artist studios, offices, and an interior garden. Second, the development is located in the former ZCMI warehouse (1905) within the industrial Gateway District, much of which is environmentally contaminated, underutilized, and obsolete. The renovation of the ZCMI warehouse not only brought a historic building back into use but also contributed to the large-scale revitalization of this Brownfields area.