C.W. Urban proposes new townhome project near the Hardware District

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After original plans for a large apartment building were hit by a shifting market and powerlines on the site, C.W. Urban is proposing a scaled-back townhome project in the area that’s become known as the Hardware District

Once planned for a 141-unit apartment project, the new plans for 443 W. 400 N. would include 28 townhomes on 1.23 acres.

Despite its location in the Transit Station Area zone, units would be built above two-car garages, following a developing trend in the surrounding area.

The site is zoned TSA-UC-C. It was formerly home to a snack foods manufacturing plant, which was demolished by C.W. Urban, a Building Salt Lake advertiser.

It’s not clear whether C.W. Urban plans to individually plat each townhome for sale, or if it plans to keep the development in its growing portfolio.

Once a prominent developer of for-sale, infill housing in Salt Lake City, C.W. has both scaled and diversified inside and outside the capital city. The Centerville-based firm now includes land, single-family homes, mid-rise and both for-sale and rental townhomes on the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back.

The project in the Hardware District needs planned development approval because most of the new homes would have entryways that don’t face a public street. Instead, the units would open to private drive aisles. 

The two buildings that have frontage on 400 North would have pedestrian entrances fronting the public street.

Under the city’s existing TSA rules, C.W. self-graded its project to show that it meets a list of guidelines. If confirmed and approved by Planning staff, the development could skip a trip to the Planning Commission and move toward development.

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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.