Quantcast

City Creek Center named top retail development of 2012

Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2015 2:24 a.m. MDT

Looking east down into the heart of the City Creek housing and retail center downtown. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Looking east down into the heart of the City Creek housing and retail center downtown. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City's newest shopping mecca is receiving international acclaim. City Creek Center has been named Best Retail Development by the International Property Awards for 2012.

City Creek Center, owned and managed by Michigan-based Taubman and co-developed with Utah-based City Creek Reserve Inc., won in the Americas region, which includes the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The center also placed in the top three in the World's Best Retail Development category.

Established 18 years ago, the International Property Awards recognize achievement in residential and commercial property development worldwide, including Africa, Europe, Arabia, Asia Pacific, the United Kingdom and the Americas.

Judging is carried out by a panel of more than 80 experts covering every aspect of the property business. The competition included more than 2,000 entries from 89 countries in categories such as retail, residential, office and mixed-use properties, among others.

This undated photo provided by Taubman Centers shows an interior view of the City Creek Center mall in Salt Lake City. A developer hired by the Mormon church plans to open this retail portion of City Creek Center, a $1.5 billion village-like development that remakes downtown Salt Lake City. The shopping center features outdoor walkways, retractable roofs, a pedestrian bridge over Main Street and a creek that winds through the property. (Taubman Centers, Associated Press) This undated photo provided by Taubman Centers shows an interior view of the City Creek Center mall in Salt Lake City. A developer hired by the Mormon church plans to open this retail portion of City Creek Center, a $1.5 billion village-like development that remakes downtown Salt Lake City. The shopping center features outdoor walkways, retractable roofs, a pedestrian bridge over Main Street and a creek that winds through the property. (Taubman Centers, Associated Press)

"City Creek Center broke new ground, from sustainable design and community collaboration to breathtaking features and amenities," said Ron Loch, vice president of planning and design for Taubman. "It's exciting to be recognized by this esteemed group as the best retail project in the Americas region in 2012."

Opened in March, City Creek is the centerpiece of Salt Lake City's mixed-use downtown redevelopment project undertaken privately by City Creek Reserve Inc. — a real estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Anchored by Macy's and Nordstrom, the shopping center includes more than 100 stores and restaurants in a casual, walkable environment. The development is on track to attract 16.2 million visitors in its first year of operation.

"City Creek's unique retail center has enlivened the surrounding blocks,” said Bill Williams, lead architect for City Creek Reserve Inc. “It is attracting new residents and drawing locals and tourists downtown again."

This undated photo provided by Taubman Centers shows an interior view of the City Creek Center mall in Salt Lake City. A developer hired by the Mormon church plans to open this retail portion of City Creek Center, a $1.5 billion village-like development that remakes downtown Salt Lake City. The shopping center features outdoor walkways, retractable roofs, a pedestrian bridge over Main Street and a creek that winds through the property. (Taubman Centers, Associated Press) This undated photo provided by Taubman Centers shows an interior view of the City Creek Center mall in Salt Lake City. A developer hired by the Mormon church plans to open this retail portion of City Creek Center, a $1.5 billion village-like development that remakes downtown Salt Lake City. The shopping center features outdoor walkways, retractable roofs, a pedestrian bridge over Main Street and a creek that winds through the property. (Taubman Centers, Associated Press)

Constructed for an estimated cost of more than $1 billion, the center anchors a sustainably designed urban community that features a 700,000-square-foot shopping center with a retractable roof, a creek, a pedestrian skybridge and choreographed fountains. 

“City Creek Center is a world-class experience in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City," said general manager Linda Wardell. "People have recognized this, and downtown Salt Lake City is more vibrant than ever."

E-mail: jlee@desnews.com, Twitter: JasenLee1

Copyright 2015, Deseret News Publishing Company