Developers plan for hundreds of apartments in these two new Sugar House buildings

Developers would add hundreds of rental units near the Sugar House business district with approval from the city to activate an underused corner near Fairmont Park.

The buildings would bring 346 new apartments to the neighborhood.

The 10-story building would reach 105 feet tall, the maximum height allowed outright by Salt Lake City’s Sugar House Central Business District 1 zoning.

The zone allows developers to build that high if they provide at least 90% of the project’s parking within the structure, as is the case with both buildings in Alta Terra.

All 345 parking stalls would be included within the structures. The 10-story north building will have 228 residential units and 219 parking stalls on three stories. The 8-story south building will have 118 units with 107 parking stalls on three stories. The project will have a combined 78 bike stalls in 1,800 square feet of secured space.


North Building

  • 105 feet tall
  • 10 stories
  • 228 apartment units
  • 238 parking stalls on three levels
  • Fourth-floor pool and deck

South Building

  • 89 feet tall
  • 8 stories
  • 118 units
  • 107 parking stalls
  • Rooftop amenities

The north building would replace the 24 Hour Fitness as Ashton Avenue winds north and merges with 1100 East next to Fairmont Park. The south building would replace a parking lot immediately west of the state’s Sugar House liquor store.

Parking for residents in either building would be accessed from Ashton. The developer’s renderings include a painted bike lane that doesn’t exist on Ashton or 1100 East today. The city is working on both extending the S-Line light rail past its terminus at McClelland and potentially adding space for people to ride bikes on Highland Drive.

The renderings also show an ornamental intersection where Ashton winds north, creating a potential welcome mat into and out of Fairmont Park for Sugar House visitors and Alta Terra residents.

Both buildings include activated space on two of four sides. They’d have no setbacks and sit on a sidewalk that’s 8 feet wide. 

The projects were both big and tall enough to trigger an automatic design review that will go before the city’s Planning Commission later this year.

  • Developer: Alta Terra Real Estate
  • Architect: Dallas-based Boarman Kroos Vogel Group, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Dallas-based Studio Outside

Take a closer look at the renderings and overall site plan here.

More building in Salt Lake’s second downtown

An assortment of other buildings nearing completion or at another point of the development and approval process will continue the inflow of residents in Salt Lake’s second downtown.

Salt Lakers are well familiar with the ongoing site of cranes and other construction equipment south of 2100 South, in the core of the Sugar House business district. But it’s worth recapping exactly what’s on the way to the area.

McClelland Street is now partly framed by new apartment buildings between Sugarmont and Elm.

The Lowe Property Group is wrapping up construction on The Dixon, at 59-unit building at McClelland and Elm. The Dixon replaced a parking lot. Rent in the building will start around $1,500 for a one-bedroom and $2,350 for a two-bedroom unit.

After more than a year-long delay amid an apparent internal dispute, construction is nearing completion on the Sugarmont Apartments, which stretch from McClelland to Highland. These 350-plus apartments have been more than five years in the making after several false starts.

Studios in that building are renting for $1,300 a month, starting in June. Two-bedroom units start around $2,400 and up, and a three-bedroom townhouse costs $3,500-$4,500.

Also fronting Highland will be Sugar Alley, a 186-unit mixed-use building with ample ground-floor retail space also built by the Lowe Property Group.

Slightly west, construction is beginning on the Sugar Town apartments, the former site of Snelgrove Ice Cream, on 2100 South between 800 East and 900 South.

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Posted by Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.