650 new federally-subsidized units in the pipeline thanks to new RDA loans

The Redevelopment Agency awarded their 2021 affordable housing funds to four projects that will bring nearly 650 new subsidized units to the city. 

Of its $8 million in available low-interest loans, $2.7 million went unspent. That financing is reserved for “high-opportunity” areas of the city (basically the Avenues, Sugar House, around Liberty Park, the University and East Bench), for which the city received no applicants.

RDA staff noted at their December meeting that early this year they expect to release another $2.5 million in “emergency gap financing” to developers who have run into problems due to rising construction costs. Those funds will likely be disbursed on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

The four projects are all federal tax credit (LIHTC) awardees – and will offer 100% of their units at subsidized rates (most at 60% AMI). Their loan interest is between 1 and 1.5%.

Here are profiles of the projects that received the 2021 funds.

Silos on 5th • 425 W 500 S

The Silos on 5th site and renderings – including conceptual design for a Phase 3 that will make “a very interesting change to that neighborhood,” according to Giv Communities. Renderings courtesy MVE + Partners.

Loan amount: $2,360,000

Developer: Giv Communities, BCG, and Lowe Development

Unit count: 160 units 

Unit mix: 1-bdrm: 70 at 60% AMI, 18 at 40% AMI; 3-bdrm: 14 at 60% AMI; 4 at 40% AMI

Schedule: August 2022 to August 2023

Notable: Giv’s Chris Parker told us that he is “75% sure” that the project will be modular construction – thus the quicker build time (12 months). He noted that the RDA financing “was absolutely critical in funding this project.”

Schmidt Apartments • 1265 S 300 W

Loan amount: $1,082,500

Developer: Westates

Unit count: 159

Unit mix: Studios: 35 at 60% AMI, 5 at 40% AMI; 1-bdrm: 98 at 60% AMI, 15 at 40% AMI; 2-bdrm: 16 at 60% AMI

Parcel size: 2.2 acres

Schedule: July 2022 – July 2024

Notable: 3500 sf ground floor commercial

The Nest @ Rio Grande

The Nest site and renderings. Images courtesy Google and GSBS Architects.

Loan amount: $1,082,500

Developer: W3 Partners

Unit count: 220

Unit mix: Studios: 140 at 60% AMI; 1-bdrm: 80 at 60% AMI

Parcel size: 1.08 acres

Schedule: June 2022 – November 2024

Notable: 50 structured parking stalls, 22 surface (.33 to 1 ratio)

144 S 500 E

144 S 500 E. Renderings courtesy JZW Architects.

Loan amount: $775,000

Developer: Peter Corroon/Red Gate

Unit count: 110

Unit mix: Studios: 53 at 60% AMI; 1-bdrm: 57 at 60% AMI

Parcel size: .62 acres

Schedule: February 2022 – October 2023

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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.