Construction starts on Central Ninth townhome project

Preliminary construction work has started at the site of The Ruby. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

With a housing crisis underway, Salt Lake City is in need of more for-sale housing stock.  The city’s growing number of missing middle housing means more formerly single-family parcels are being converted to higher-density housing.

Preliminary construction has started on The Ruby, a 12-unit townhome project on the 800 South block of West Temple in the Central Ninth Neighborhood.  The project consists of four, three-story buildings and replaces three formerly single-family lots on 0.4 acres.  Two of the parcels were vacant while the third contained vacant historic home that was recently demolished to make way for construction.

Site plan for The Ruby. Image courtesy Salt Lake planning documents.

The lots will be individually sold with each home will be approximately 2000 square-feet and will have three bedrooms, three and one-half bathrooms.  The townhomes will front West Temple while the garages will be accessed via a driveway behind the homes.  The home’s main entrances and ground floor flexible live/work space will front West Temple with second-floor large sliding doors that will open to balconies fronting the street. The project will also include a landscaped walkway connecting West Temple to the rear alleyway.

The homes facing the alleyway will also engage the street level with the garages accessed at the rear of the building.  The alley-facing homes will be set back to allow for a landscaped yard that will separate the homes from the street.  Williams told the commission members that HOA fees will be used to maintain a portion of the alleyway.

The Ruby is one of four for-sale residential projects in development in Central Ninth.  Construction is winding down on the Jefferson Walkway, an eight-unit cottage home development.  Construction has started on Alinéa Lofts, a 23-unit mixed-use project on the northeast corner of 900 South and 200 West.  Atlas Architects also plans to move forward on four townhomes directly south of the Central Ninth Market.

Rendering of the north face of The Ruby townhomes. Image courtesy Salt Lake planning 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