East Downtown continues to pop – sound studio on 500 E to be replaced by 149-unit rental project

Do construction cranes equal weather vanes? If so, the breeze continues to grace Downtown Salt Lake City. In east Downtown, along east Broadway and 400 South, the projects keep coming, and it’s starting to look like climate, not just weather. 

DeWitt Apartments’ market-rate 149 units (studios to 2 bdrm) will replace the one-story Metropolis Integrated Media sound studio on .77 acres at 346 South 500 East. The project is just steps from numerous amenities in one of the city’s most walkable and transit-rich neighborhoods.   

Its proposed 86 ft height requires design review approval, necessary for buildings over 75 ft in Salt Lake City’s Residential Mixed Use R-MU zone.

The seven-story, courtyard-style building – concrete podium plus five framed floors – will provide parking at a 1 space per unit ratio. That’s 153 spaces for 149 units, to be located within the structure’s footprint. 

The applicant’s design review application notes that their proposed 56 sheltered bicycle parking spots well exceed the city’s requirements (eight spaces) and justify doubling the minimum parking standards through transportation demand management (TDM) strategies.

The DeWitt’s ground floor, facing 500 East, will contain tenant amenities – including a gym, co-working space, and lobby. The lobby “will have a strong hospitality driven design ethos so it will feel very much like a public space,” according to the proposed building’s designers, locals ajc architects.

The Planning Commission likely won’t review the project’s designs until later in the year.

Renderings and aerial images courtesy ajc architects. Street shot courtesy Google.

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.