Bye-bye Beto’s: 400 South continues its transformation to residential with 156-unit project

Despite a national economic slowdown, developers continue to be attracted to the 400 South transit corridor between Downtown and the University of Utah.

Locals Wright Development Group have submitted a proposal for a seven-story, 83 foot, single-use, 156-unit market-rate apartment building at 435 E 400 S.

It will replace a one-story drive-thru Mexican restaurant whose burritos have satisfied many a late-night reveler in the city’s East Central neighborhood.

Images courtesy Envision Architecture Group.

The project will wrap from 400 South onto Denver Street, where a proposed façade length of over 200 feet requires design review approval by the Planning Commission.

It will sit on .74 acres on two parcels. The Denver St. property currently hosts a three-story office building which will be demolished along with the Beto’s restaurant on 400 South.

Images courtesy Envision Architecture Group.

Envision Architecture Group has designed a 5-over-2 structure with three levels of parking, one underground. It will provide 153 stalls for the project’s 156 units.

Those 156 units are divided mostly into studios and one-bedrooms, plus 14 two-bedroom dwellings.

Tenant amenities include a swimming pool atop the second-story podium and a seventh-story street-facing deck. At street level, satisfying the TSA-UN-C ground-floor activation requirements, architects propose a lobby, clubroom, co-working space, mailroom, and a feature staircase visible to 400 South.

Parking entrances are on both 400 South and Denver St. A passageway will be punched through the building from Denver St. to satisfy a right-of-way into the Starbucks drive-thru immediately adjacent to the west.

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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.