16-unit project shows potential of small-scale infill on west side

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A small-scale project by first-time developers in the Glendale neighborhood, two blocks from I-15, is on its way to entitlement after a more-than-five-year journey at City Hall. 

At 1320 S. 700 West, the project seeks to replace a 1884 single-family home on .79 acres with 16 apartments: 12 2BR/1BA, 2 1BR/1BA, and 2 3BR/1BA. Notably, all units have fenestration on two sides. There are 16 at-grade parking stalls located to the north of the building. 

The building is two stories, reaching a height of 25’3”, and features a crescent-shaped cornice at the roof line.

Architectural images courtesy J.W. Robinson Architects

Also notable is the location. 700 West is a light-industrial corridor, just to the west of I-15. The city has identified 700 West as a location of possible transition from industrial to residential. In addition, the city owns 2.4 acres to the rear of the subject property, 

Since January 2019, the project has been seeking entitlements. The first, a zoning change from R-1-7000 to CB Community Business, was approved in 2022. Early project descriptions contained plans for a mixed-use structure, but seems to have become a purely residential project at the present.

The project design fits all zoning requirements for the CB zone, except the need for an increased front setback. A 33-35 foot recess from the public way is needed to accommodate Rocky Mountain Power’s 25-foot construction clearance requirements for a transmission pole in the front yard.

The petitioners, Marco and Melynda Geronimo, told us that they are first-time developers, and will be looking for partners once their design review goes through. It is likely to make it to the Planning Commission agenda later in the year. The open house’s public input period ended in late March, but the planner is taking comments up to the Planning Commission hearing at diana.martinez@slcgov.com.

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Posted by Luke Garrott

Luke Garrott, PhD, has published in The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and written features for the Salt Lake City Weekly City Guide and The West View. A former two-term councilman in Salt Lake City's District 4, he lives in Downtown Salt Lake City and grew up in the Chicago area.