Indoor Stream Gets Retail Traffic Flowing at City Creek

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor The new City Creek development has any number of distinctions. A joint venture of the Mormon Church and Taubman Centers Inc., the $1.5 billion project is one of the largest private developments in the U.S. in the last few years. The  23-acre project features 700,000 square feet of retail and [...]

The new City Creek development has any number of distinctions. A joint venture of the Mormon Church and Taubman Centers Inc., the $1.5 billion project is one of the largest private developments in the U.S. in the last few years. The  23-acre project features 700,000 square feet of retail and dining space, 1.7 million square feet of office space, 535 residential units, plus the only regional shopping center to open in the U.S. so far in 2012.

The retail portion has brought a number of national brands to Utah for the first time and features a retractable roof. However, one of the most popular features of City Creek is not an anchor tenant or even its roof, but 1,200-foot-long man-made creek that flows through the center. The largest waterway of its kind in the U.S., the stream is proving to be a popular draw for shoppers, local residents and retailers who coveted a premium location within view of the creek.

The stream re-creates the property’s namesake, which once flowed through Downtown Salt Lake City before being diverted underground to mitigate flooding risks.  It features footbridges, three fountains with computer-choreographed water displays and a pair of 18-foot-tall waterfalls. Completing the picture are locally sourced 14-ton boulders and 200 resident rainbow and cutthroat trout.