In Pictures: Apartments rising east of downtown Salt Lake City

Residential growth continues in the Central City and East Central neighborhoods, just east of downtown Salt Lake City.  There are five multifamily residential buildings with a combined 742 units that are either recently completed, nearing completion, or well underway within a six-block radius of downtown Salt Lake’s eastern boundary.

Two of the projects,  Liberty BLVD and Block 44 apartments along the 400 South TRAX corridor. The three other projects, the Haxton Apartments, 4Forty7 and The Morton are replacing underutilized lots north of 400 South.  Most of the projects having little street engagement, adding density without increasing walkability.

The exceptions are The Morton, which brings ground floor commercial to 200 East, and Liberty BLVD which added a Chipotle on 400 South.  Liberty BLVD also adds some pedestrian interest with large windows that peer into the pool area along 700 East.

Haxton Apartments

The Haxton Apartments on 900 East just south of South Temple were recently completed.  The three-story project contains 39 apartments, much less than the original five-story proposal for this location by the developer, Barron Equities.  After review and input from neighbors, including residents of the adjacent Haxton Place historic district, the Salt Lake City Planning Commission denied a zoning amendment request that would have made the original proposal possible.

The Haxton Apartments as seen looking south along 900 east just south of South Temple. Photo by Mike Fife.
The Haxton Apartments as seen looking north along 900 East towards South Temple. Photo by Mike Fife.
A retaining wall and fence separate The Haxton Apartments development from the Haxton Place historic homes. Photo by Mike Fife.
The Haxton Apartments as seen looking east across 900 East. Photo by Mike Fife.
Rendering of the original proposal for the Haxton Apartments as designed by Blackbox design studio. Image courtesy Salt Lake City Planning.

Liberty BLVD

The Cowboy Partners’, 267-unit, Liberty BLVD apartment complex is almost complete with the north section leasing out and the south section in the final stages of construction.  The four-story project fronts 400 South to the north, 500 South to the south and 700 East to the west and replaces the former Wonder Bread facility.

Construction is finishing up along the south side of the Liberty BLVD apartments fronting 500 South. Photo by Mike Fife.
The west side frontage of Liberty BLVD along the 400 South block of 700 East. Photo by Mike Fife.
The north side of the Liberty BLVD apartments fronting 400 South. Photo by Mike Fife.
The west side of the Liberty BLVD apartments fronting 700 East.  The project extends from 400 South to 500 South and emerges along 700 East between business on the corners of the block.  The large square windows below the large tree look into the Liberty BLVD pool area. Photo by Mike Fife.

Block 44

Construction is winding down on the Wright Development Group’s Block 44 apartments.  The project occupies the majority of the block face on the north side of 400 South between 300 East and 400 East.  The seven-story structure will have 213 residential units in five floors over a two-story parking podium and replaces four buildings, including a former Sizzler restaurant.

The Block 44 Apartments as seen looking east along 400 South. The similarly styled building in the distance is not a continuation of Block 44 but the separate Encore apartments on the corner of 500 East. Photo by Mike Fife.
The Block 44 Apartments as seen looking west along 400 south towards downtown Salt Lake City. Photo by Mike Fife.
The north side of the Block 44 Apartments as seen looking south-west across 400 East. Photo by Mike Fife.

4Forty7 Apartments

The 4Forty7 Apartments is a six-story residential building that is under construction at the 400 East block of 100 South.  The project replaces a small one-story commercial building and will have 86 units in four floors above a two-story parking podium.  The units will range in size from 400 to 650 square feet.  The project is by the development team of Tessa Arneson and Tim Watcke.  In contrast to this project, their Maven District project along the 100 East block of 900 South adds tremendous pedestrian interest to that neighborhood between 9th and 9th and Central 9th.

Rendering of the south facade of the 4Forty7 Apartments as designed by JZW Architects. Image courtesy Tim Watcke.
The 4Forty7 Apartments as seen looking east along the 400 East block of 100 South. Photo by Mike Fife.
The 4Forty7 Apartments as seen looking north across 100 South. The first of two towers is partially framed-out above the two story parking podium. Photo by Mike Fife.

The Morton

At the eastern edge of downtown is The Morton, an eight-story mixed-use building under construction at the 200 South block of 200 East.  The project is by Seattle developers, Timberlane Partners, and will have 137 residential units above 1,400 square feet of ground-floor commercial space..

Rendering of the Morton. Image courtesy AJC Architects.
The Morton as seen from 200 East. The project is tucked in between Russon Brothers Mortuary and an existing historic apartment building.  Photo by Mike Fife.
The Morton a seen looking east across 200 East. Photo by Mike Fife.

Posted by Mike Fife

Mike Fife grew up in Norman, Oklahoma but fell in love with Salt Lake City upon relocating here in 2001 just prior to the Winter Olympics. Mike's interest in planning and development was turbo charged during two terms on the Salt Lake City Planning Commission. With an Accounting degree from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the University of Richmond, Mike had a 30-year career in finance, accounting, and strategic planning with EDS/Hewlett-Packard/Hewlett Packard Enterprise.