Commission approves Central City mixed-use project

A mid-density mixed-use project is moving forward after the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved the developer’s Planned Development request.  The project, currently referred to as 6×6 Mixed-Use, will include the construction of a three-story mixed-use building and the renovation of a historic duplex just west of the intersection of 600 East and 600 South.

The project will have five residential units and ground floor commercial space on 0.22 acres.  The 2,188-square-foot new construction building will replace a one-story commercial building and 10-stall surface parking lot on 600 South.  The building will include ground floor commercial space and one ground floor residential unit below two additional residential units.

The developers will restore a 119-year-old duplex that will be directly north of the new mixed-use building and will be accessed via a private driveway connecting to 600 South.  In addition to interior and exterior renovations, the developers will update the eastern unit to modern ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility standards.

The developers designed the new construction building two resemble two attached structures to visually separate the ground floor residential unit from the ground floor commercial space.  Two additional residential units will occupy the top two floors above the commercial space.  The upper units will open to a second-story shared courtyard.  All three units will be two-stories with two-bedrooms.

The commercial space will have a brick exterior and will have a slight setback from the sidewalk to accommodate outdoor seating.  The project will include four angled on-street parking stalls, a pedestrian walkway to the west of the building to connect the rear duplex to the 600 South, and four off-street surface stalls at the rear of the mixed-use building.

Because the project is in the Central City Historic District, developers needed new construction approval from the Historic Landmark Commission.  The commission approved that request in December 2017.

The property owner has been planning the 6×6 project for the past four years starting with a zoning map amendment petition in 2014.  The duplex and commercial property were previously zoned RMF-35 (Moderate Density Multi-Family Residential) and the CN (Neighborhood Commercial) respectively.  In 2015, the Salt Lake City Council approved a rezone of both properties to R-MU-35 (Residential Mixed Use District), which allows for mixed uses.

Site plan for the proposed 6×6 Mixed-use Development. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.