- Associated Press - Monday, April 8, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A 28-story glass skyscraper with rounded edges and a glass and textured aluminum exterior is planned to hold a new convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

Preliminary plans for the $337 million project show the hotel will be built into the southeast corner of the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday.

The 616,000-square-foot (57,000-square-meter) hotel will have about 725 guest rooms, and its designs aims to complement the center, according to the plans under review by city officials.

The building is also planned to have a 25,852-square-foot (2,401-square-meter) ballroom, several meeting rooms, a rooftop garden area, and a restaurant and corner market. The main entrance will be sandwiched between massive digital billboards, including a three-story-tall screen on the side of the tower.

“The economic vision will be complemented by an elegant urban and architectural design that is compatible with the surrounding buildings while sensitive to becoming a new urban marker and presence on the skyline,” John Portman and Associates, one of the project’s developers, wrote in city documents.

City planners are reviewing the developers’ application for the 335-foot (102-meter) tower. A site-design review is required on buildings planned taller than 120 feet (37 meters).

Economic-development officials have been pushing to build a convention hotel for more than a decade, aiming for it to help bring in more large conventions and events. Utah officials were in talks with Dallas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts, but a deal fell through in 2015.

In the current deal, officials have promised up to $75 million in post-construction tax rebates over 20 years to Portman and Ivins-based DDRM firms.

The hotel is scheduled to open in spring 2022.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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