Commission approves townhome project proposed near Target

Conceptual rendering of shared open space in the Dalton’s Edge development as designed by Method Studio. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

A very unique parcel in an area dominated by light industrial and big-box commercial will soon be home to a large, missing middle residential project.   Last week, the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved with conditions a Planned Development request by developers, dbURBAN Communities, to build 64 townhomes near the intersection of 400 West and Aspen Avenue.

The project, referred to as Dalton’s Edge will include 16 residential buildings and a clubhouse that will occupy the space directly north of the Salt Lake City Target Store.  The units will be rentals with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and will be walking distance to two of the city’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, Central Ninth and the Granary District.

The bulk of the units will be one-bedroom apartments with 32 one bedroom units planned, 22 two-bedroom units and 10 three-bedroom units.  The units will be three-stories with a car garage on the ground floor, living space on the second and bedrooms on the third floor.  Many units will also include roof decks.

According to planning documents, because of the adjacent industrial buildings and big box stores, the project’s architects have made human-scale design a priority for each building.  The developers will use exterior materials to have the buildings reflect the industrial history of the Granary District.  Building materials will be a mix of concrete, brick, metal, wood and glass.

The buildings will run east to west with the homes fronting private walkways.  A UDOT-owned, 65-foot land buffer will separate the freeway from the project’s property line.  The developers will use landscaping to the west of the project to mitigate noise from the 900 South onramp.

There is only one structure on the site, a deteriorating industrial garage.  Developers plan to disassemble the structure and potentially reuse the materials in building the clubhouse.  The clubhouse will be two stories with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor plaza on the second floor.  Additionally, the clubhouse will feature a vertical architectural element.

The Dalton’s Edge development is one of two residential projects planned for the Target block.  Developers, Connelly & Connelly Properties LLC plan to build the Paxton 365, a four-story, 121 residential unit mixed-use project directly south of the Target at the 300 West block of Paxton Avenue.  The developers of the Paxton project have received their building permit but as of July 18, 2018, they were still waiting for a demolition permit for several structures on the property.

The developers of Dalton’s Edge needed to go through the Planned Development process because the westernmost homes will front a private street.  The project will need final approval from the Salt Lake City Planning Commission before building permits can be issued.

*This is an updated version of a previous post.

The site plan for the Dalton’s Edge development. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.
Rendering of the proposed clubhouse in the Dalton’s Edge development as designed by Method Studio. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

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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