Construction starts on Sugar House apartment project

Construction of the parking podium is underway for the 21 by Urbana Apartments. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

Another residential project is coming to 2100 South in Sugar House.  Construction has started on the 21 by Urbana Apartments, a five-story 126-residential unit project on the 900 East block of 2100 South.

The project is by Gardiner Properties and replaces a subway and a surface parking lot.  Construction crews have demoed the previous structures and are now working on the parking structure.  The project includes a two-story concrete parking podium and four floors of wood-framed residential space.

The 21 by Urbana Apartments units will be a mix of units will be a mix of studios and one and two-bedroom apartments, with 12 studios, 80 one bedroom and 33 two-bedroom units.  The ground floor will include parking with 135 stalls and nine walk-up units with two bedrooms each.

Aerial map of the site for 21 by Urbana. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.

The building will be 60 feet tall and 165,425 square feet and will maximize the lot size being built right up to the sidewalk level.  The project will front both 2100 South and 1000 East.  To avoid creating a wall along both streets, the building will have with setbacks above the third level with courtyards for the fourth-floor units. The fourth-floor setbacks will range from 15 feet to 72 feet to break up the building’s scale and mass.  Smaller setbacks will also be added on the second floor.

The Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved a Conditional Building & Site Design Review (CBSDR) for the project last summer.  During the approval process, several Sugar House residents expressed frustration that the project does not include any ground floor retail.  John Gardiner, of Gardiner Properties, countered that the 2100 South corridor had an abundance of retail and that the walk-up units would still provide an active use.

The 21 by Urbana is Gardiner Properties third development in the Sugar House Business District (Gardiner also developed the Sugar House Apartments and the Urbana On Eleventh) and their second project in development in the city.  Gardiner is also developing the Pierpont Apartments, an eight-story 87-unit residential project proposed for the 300 West block of Pierpont Avenue.

Amenities for the 21 by Urbana Apartments will include a club room and a third-floor rooftop deck with a barbecue grill, tables, fire pit, hot tub, lounge seating and roof gardens.  Other amenities a ground floor cafe, lounge area, yoga room and a fitness center.

Aerial rendering of the 21 by Urbana as designed by Lloyd Architects.  Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
The 2100 South view of the 21 by Urbana Apartments as designed by Lloyd Architects.  Image courtesy Salt Lake City 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