Another 238 new housing units in store for Sugar House urban core

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Salt Lake City’s second downtown would see another 238 units in a six-story single-use residential building on Lincoln Street under a proposal unveiled this month.

The development at 2131 S. Lincoln St. would require a rezone, as an existing Victorian mansion from 1892 sits on a 30,500-square-foot parcel of land that’s zoned for lower intensity uses.

Still, if the developers can get the city to rezone the property to the highest intensity allowed in Sugar House, they propose keeping the mansion as a buffer from the new 60-foot tall building to the single-family homes to the south and west of the site.

“The development will have an inviting and elegant leasing lobby that directly flows into the clubroom amenity space that encourages it’s patrons to enjoy the offerings of the development,” the developers wrote in their design review application this month.

The new building would have frontages on three streets: Lincoln, Elm and 1000 East.

“With a main focus of the project being health, wellness, and outdoor activity driven,” they wrote the fitness center has large floor to ceiling doors that open up to further make the connection to the outdoors and fresh air.”

The Central Sugar House Business District was designed to create a mixed-use and high-density urban center. And while the ground floor of the proposed apartments would include a mix of uses, those uses will be private.

That fitness will be exclusive to renters within the building, as all ground-floor uses will be private amenities.

Also private are an at-grade pool, cold plunge, hot tub and sauna, amenities that have largely become standard among market-rate rental buildings in Salt Lake City and elsewhere in the U.S.

Unit Breakdown

  • Studio: 64 units
  • One-bedroom: 112 units
  • Two-bedroom: 62 units
  • Total: 238 units

The developers are proposing a one-to-one parking ratio, meaning one stall per housing unit. The 239 parking stalls on three levels would include 48 for electric vehicles, the developers said. Parking would be accessed from Lincoln and 1000 East.

Numerous renderings submitted with the design review application show people riding bikes from and around the project. But having been proposed before the city’s newest off-street parking ordinance took effect this month, the project would include as few as 15 stalls for residents’ bikes. The new ordinance would require a minimum of 80 bike stalls in this highly bikeable and walkable area.

The proposal replaced a daycare facility, which closed several months ago.

Development would preserve an existing Victorian mansion built in 1892 on the corner of Elm and Lincoln. 

“A development agreement will be put in place to not allow any future development of the Victorian site to uphold the history and safeguarding (sic) the pre-existing Victorian property,” the developers wrote. “Our mission is to both continue to cultivate new life into the Sugar House neighborhood while also displaying the community’s historic values at the forefront of the development.”

The building is stepped back 15 feet after the first floor in an attempt to provide breathing room and a more pedestrian scale on the ground floor.

Add these units to the nearly 2,000-plus residential units already being added to roughly 120 acres around the Sugar House urban core. Putting that many units on the R-1-7000 zoning that exists in much of Sugar House would take up thousands of acres of land.

Development Details 

  • Developer: Argyll Development
  • Architect: Dwell Design Studio
  • Engineer: Psomas

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Posted by Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.