Developers propose more height in Sugar House

Rendering of the Sugarmont Apartments. Image by Russell Platt Architecture.
Renderings of the Sugarmont Apartments. Image by Russell Platt Architecture.

More height could be coming to Sugar House’s Central Business District.  While construction is well underway on the Legacy Village, a 10-story mixed-use project on the 1200 East block of Wilmington Avenue, another 10-story project is proposed for the site of the former Granite Furniture Warehouse on the 2100 South block of McClelland Street.

Boulder Ventures is the developer of the proposed 10-story residential development, that would be the next phase in the company’s Granite Block redevelopment.  The project, called the Sugarmont Apartments, would include 492 residential unit, 120 units more than the combined total of the adjacent Liberty Village and Vue at Sugar House developments.

The project’s first five floors of residential will wrap around five floors of parking.  Floors six to 10 will be exclusively residential units.  The project’s residential units will be a mix of one and two bedroom apartments.   Although the project will be adjacent to the Fairmont Streetcar station, the developers plan to provide 759 parking spaces, 66 more spaces than required for projects of this size.

Boulder Venture’s original plans for the former warehouse consisted of a mix of commercial and residential buildings expanding on the Granite Block’s completed first phase of development at the northeast corner of McClelland and 2100 South.  The original plans envisioned five buildings occupying the entire west side of the Granite Block, including the already completed renovations.

Like the Vue, current plans for the Sugarmont Apartments show the top floors with a set back with the bottom floors serving as a podium.  The setback starting at the sixth floor will be used as a landscaped, rooftop plaza.  A pool and deck are planned for the fifth floor.

At 100 feet, the Sugarmont Apartments would be significantly taller than the surrounding structures.  The project would be twice the height of the Liberty Village apartments across the street on McClelland and four floors taller than the Vue and Sugar House development that is just northeast of the project on the same block.

Increasing building height in the Sugar House Business District and along the S-Line streetcar has been controversial.   Angry Residents were at fixture at City Council meetings last year as the Council considered form-based zoning for parcels along the S-Line that would allow for increased building height for new projects.

The developers will need to go before the Planning Commission for the site design revue process.  The Sugar House Community Council has invited Boulder Ventures to provide more information to residents during the Council’s Land Use & Zoning Committee meeting on November 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sprague Library.  The Council is encouraging Sugar House residents to provide feedback that will be given to the Planning Commission at a later date.

Arial rendering of the Sugarmont Apartments. Image by Russell Platt Architecture.
Arial rendering of the Sugarmont Apartments. Image by Russell Platt Architecture.

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