Developer getting creative with adding density in historic district

Just north of West High’s athletic facilities, a missing middle townhome project called Marmalade Condos is planning to add density without any demolitions of existing housing. 

At 226 and 230 W 300 N, two “contributing structures” to the Capitol Hill Historic District currently sit on deep, 330’ lots. One, a four-unit apartment building, will be restored and become part of the project. The other, a single-family home, will lose part of its long back yard and remain with the current owners. 

Street frontage at 226 and 230 W 300 N, plus overhead location. Photos courtesy SLC Planning Division. Overhead courtesy Google.

The project, by Homeriver Realty Utah and MJSA Architects, is seeking planned development approval at the Planning Commission this week. Currently, street frontage is required for any new residential structures in the RMF-35 Residential Multi-family zone.

Plans have already been approved by the Historic Landmarks Commission for reduced interior side yard setbacks, rear yard setback, and lot width.

Marmalade Condos’ three new buildings will offer 12 for-sale, three-story, 2-bdrm units, in addition to the four units in the existing building at 230 W that will “undergo a complete historic preservation,” according to the developers.

Images courtesy MJSA Architects.

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Posted by Luke Garrott

Luke Garrott, PhD, has published in The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and written features for the Salt Lake City Weekly City Guide and The West View. A former two-term councilman in Salt Lake City's District 4, he lives in Downtown Salt Lake City and grew up in the Chicago area.