Commission approves four new residential developments

The north-west façade of the Moda Main Townhomes as designed by Think Architecture. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

After a nearly four hour meeting, four infill residential projects are moving forward after the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved with conditions each project.  Each of the four projects will increase the residential density in their respective neighborhoods, with most projects replacing low-density, single-family homes or vacant lots.  The four projects will add a combined 25 new units to the city, 14 of which will be for-sale homes.

The largest of the projects approved on Wednesday is the Moda Main townhome development.  The Moda Main, by JF Capital, will consist of 11 townhome units at the 1500 South block of Main Street.  The project replaces a small commercial building and a surface parking lot and will consist of two three-story buildings with six and five units each respectively.

The units will be rentals with six one-bedroom units and five two-bedroom units.  The six one-bedroom homes will front Main Street and the five two-bedroom homes fronting a private walkway at the parcel’s western edge.  The garages in both buildings will be accessed via a private street connecting Van Buren and Harris Avenues.

Because the project replaces a parking lot that residents have a history of utilizing, the developers will include seven angled parking spaces in the park strip on Main Street.

The Moda Main project will be just a few hundred yards south of the recently completed, 15 Main (formerly M15) Townhomes.  Both projects will occupy opposite sides of the 1500 South block of Main Street.  The project consists of 20 for-sale townhomes, several of which are already actively listed.

The second largest project approved is a proposed six-unit residential development at the 600 North block of East Capitol Boulevard and East Capitol Street.   Property-owner, Jeffrey Adams wants to build two twin homes and two single-family detached homes, with three units fronting each street.

The new homes will replace a single-family home and a duplex.  Each home will be three-stories with a garage and entertainment room at the ground level and a mix of bedrooms and living space on the second and third floors.  The single-family detached homes will have five bedrooms and five full bathrooms each.  The twin homes will have four bedrooms and three full bathrooms each.

Rendering of one of the homes in the Highland Heights Development as designed by Sketch Architecture. Image courtesy Salt Lake City Public documents.

The final two projects approved on Wednesday are both four-unit residential developments in Sugar House, TAG 700 by TAG SLC, and Highland Heights by property owner Anna Sperry.

The TAG 700 development consists of one building with four, three-story townhome units.  The project will replace a brick duplex at the 2500 South block of 700 East.  Each home will have three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a two-car garage, with one unit fronting 700 East and the remaining units fronting a private walkway directly north of the main building.

The Highland Heights development is the only one of the four projects that will consist entirely of single-family detached homes.  The four new construction homes will replace a two-story brick home on 0.46 acres.   Each new home will be two stories with a fully-development basement, four bedrooms and a two-car garage at the ground-floor level.  Two of the homes will front Highland Drive and the garages to all four homes will be accessed via a small driveway connecting to Caton Way, a small through street directly south of the project.

The west-facing homes in the East Capitol development as designed by JZW Architects. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.
TAG 700 Rowhomes as designed by Atlas Architects. Image courtesy Salt Lake City documents.
TAG 700 Rowhomes as designed by Atlas Architects. Image courtesy Salt Lake City 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