Construction starts on Missing Middle project in Ballpark

Construction site of the Richard Flats development as seen from 1700 South. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

A missing middle development is now underway in a growing section of the Ballpark neighborhood.  Construction has started on the Richards Flats, a 32-unit condominium project at the northeast corner of the intersection of Richards Street and 1700 South.

The project is by developers Urban Alfandre and real-estate firm City Home Collective will be the exclusive agents of the for-sale units.

The Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved a Conditional Building and Site Design Review in September 2016.  During that meeting, James Alfrandre of Urban Alfandre told the commission that the project will provide needed missing middle development while adding residential density to the 1700 South area.  According to Alfandre, prices for the smaller units will start at under $200,000.

The project will consist of three buildings, the largest of which will have 16 for-sale units and will front 1700 South.  Two buildings consisting of eight for-sale units each and will be directly north of the larger building.

The condos will replace a large vacant lot, and three abandoned single-family structures that were demolished several months ago.  Prominent power lines on the property will be buried to accommodate the three buildings.

All three buildings will be four stories with upper and lower two-story condo units.  The development will have 33 parking spaces that will be accessed from 1700 and will slope down below grade under the units.  The lower units will access the parking at the basement level.  Residents of the upper-level units will access the parking area via an external stairway.

Floorplans for the Richard Street Condos. The condos are stacked flats with upper and lower, two-story units. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.
Floorplans for the Richard Street Condos. The condos are stacked flats with upper and lower, two-story units. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.

While the neighborhood struggles with some quality-of-life issues, the area has begun to attract development.

The stretch of 1700 South between West Temple and Main Street is emerging into an active community node.  The area is a block west of the Salt Lake Community College South City Campus.  In September Alfandre told the commission that the addition over the summer of two eateries in the neighborhood is what drew him to develop in the area.  Both new eateries are within a block of the site for the Richard Street Condos.

Directly east of the condo site is Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade, the first brick-and-mortar location for the owners of the Sweet Lake limeade stand popular at the Downtown Farmers Market.  The eaterie is across Richard Street from the proposed condo development.  

*This is an updated version of an earlier post.

*Correction: Este Deli has closed its 1700 South location.

Rendering of the Richard Street Condos looking north at the intersection of Richard Street and 1700 South as designed by Blalock and Partners. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.

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