Sugar House did not skip a beat this summer when it came to the expansion of Westminster’s cradling neighborhood.
Grand openings and cultural events kept Sugar House busy and vibrant during the summer, exposing the public to undiscovered music and restaurants.
The Wilmington Flats have been completed, which includes space for Westminster College events. This space is also known as the Wilmington Gardens.
Visitors will now also have access to Hidden Hollow from Wilmington Avenue if they cross through the newly built plaza.
The buildings are located at 1201 Wilmington Ave. and 1202 Wilmington Ave., and now offer 212 residential units that are open for lease, which includes housing for income-targeted people who work in Sugar House and housing for Westminster College students, as well.
The grand opening for the Wilmington Gardens was held on May 8 on the plaza area of the complex with a ribbon cutting and tours of the buildings.
The Monument Plaza received its dedication on June 12 with a greeting that brought along music, activities and the burial of the Sugar House time capsule.
“Oh yeah absolutely,” said Judy Hellerd, owner of Mellow Mushroom on 2100 S., when asked if she was excited about the new development.
Stores and restaurants on 2100 S. have been attracting more customers since the opening of the plaza.
“It’s kind of nice,” said Dwayne from Local Colors art gallery. “We get a lot of traffic for the galleries… especially at the gallery stroll… up to 50 people”
Gallery strolls take place every second Friday of the month, where galleries will stay open until 9 p.m. to allow more visitors. The last stroll will take place the first Friday of December.
“They’re doing more events with a band,” said Hellerd, owner of Mellow Mushroom. “It will inspire people to come and check out the different restaurants. The Chamber and community have been awesome. We love this space.”
The time capsule was buried with photos, three-dimensional objects, artifacts made in Sugar House, DVDs with stories and interviews about Sugar House, and a bottle of whiskey with a non corrosive label and stopper in a handmade presentation box, according to the Sugar House Council.
It will be re-opened in the bicentennial year of Sugar House, 2054.
“It’s like a cool hub for everybody to meet at,” said Dante Thurkill, sophomore undeclared major, about the impact the remodeled Sugar House will have on students. “It enhances social experience and gives people more stuff to do.”
The Sugarmont Plaza celebrated its three years of being open to the public with mobile food vendors and live, local music.
The food trucks represented more than just entertainment, however. The night started with a ribbon ceremony that commemorated the newly established partnership with the Foot Truck League, which took care of providing a variety of food all throughout the summer events.
“They played some great classic rock ‘n’ roll songs,” said Corey, who’s been living in Sugar House most of his life. “They had it last year, too.”
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