Developers propose mixed-income, mixed-use project on the fringe of Downtown

The Downtown periphery would see the addition of another 110 spaces for people to live with a six-story building proposed for 500 East in Central City.

The project would continue the ongoing addition of mid- and high-density infill in the Downtown area.

It will also have copious parking at a time when the city is gearing up to revisit and generally lower its minimum parking requirements for a small section of the city.

The 144 South Apartments would replace an office building, abandoned home and surface parking space at 144 S. 500 E.

“The project will include a 420 square-foot cafe (or other retail) which is integrated into the entry lobby, a 1,600 square feet co-working business center, plus an abundance of amenity spaces including a club house, exercise facility, pet wash, secure bike parking and large outdoor deck,” the developers wrote. “There will be 53 studio units and 57 one-bedroom units.”

As is common with other projects that include 1-to-1 parking ratios, space to park cars will make up nearly ⅓ of the total space within the building. Homes will make up the other ⅔ of the building.

The developer said that copious parking in a mixed-use zone near Downtown is actually required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for funding the project.

“The building will consist of five floors of wood frame construction over a 3-level concrete parking structure with 117 parking spaces available for tenants,” they wrote. “The Department of Housing and Urban Development is requiring at least one-to-one parking for each apartment in order to obtain its funding.”

While the project narrative says 117 spaces will be provided, the project parking table shows space for 143 total off-street stalls for 110 housing units.

“At least 20% of the units (22 total) will be set aside for renters at 50% of the area median income,” Corroon wrote in documents submitted with the city to start the Planned Development process.

Project details

53 studio units

57 one-bedroom units

110 total units

Parking details

Lower Parking: 21,255 square feet

Middle Parking: 21,286 square feet

Upper Parking: 17,304 square feet

59,845 square feet parking total

Building details

Level 1: 15,035 square feet

Level 2: 14,572 square feet

Level 3: 14,572 square feet

Level 4: 14,572 square feet

Level 5: 13,148 square feet

131,744 square feet total

Owner: Peter Corroon

Architect: JZW Architects

Civil Engineer: Chris Paulsen

Mechanical Engineer: Royal Engineering

Electrical Engineer: Royal Engineering

Landscape Architect: Scott Blake, STB Design

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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.