In Pictures: Central 9th bringing more multi-family and this summer, street construction

Residential construction continues to transform Salt Lake City’s Central 9th neighborhood, just southwest of Downtown. This burgeoning area, sandwiched by UDOT roads that challenge walkability, is a test case for the city’s form-based zoning reforms and its Redevelopment Agency strategies.

Here are some new projects to show you, including a street reconstruction project, as well as updates on ongoing action around the 900 South Trax station.

Sloane Apartments

At 764 S 200 W, the former Community Action Program (CAP) building will be replaced by a 88-unit rental project called the Sloane. High-ceiling first-floor residential units wrap the building’s two floors of podium parking.

Sloane Apartments images courtesy Architecture Belgique. Streetview photo courtesy Google Earth.

Block 8 and an extended stay hotel + triplex

SMH Builders, a San Francisco firm, is building a 67-unit extended stay hotel at 825 S 200 W, which will include a triplex, per the requirements of FB-UN2 zoning. Just to the north, Axis Architects and Etna Properties of Sandy are involved in a 20-unit apartment project at 817 S 200 W. Neither responded to Building Salt Lake’s inquiries for project details.

817 and 825 S 200 W. An 67-unit extended stay hotel (right) and a 20-unit apartment building (replacing the charming alpine-themed units, left) will front 200 W just steps north of the Trax station. Photos by Luke Garrott.

Just to the south, neighborhood locals Atlas Architects and TAG SLC have completed their 200 West rental townhomes at 841 S 200 W.

200 West Townhomes

Jefferson Walkway townhomes, left, with Atlas Architects + TAG SLC’s 200 W Townhome project, right. Photos by Luke Garrott.

Greenprint 9th Station

Two identical 34 micro-unit buildings in the Greenprint OZ Development micro-unit model frame a still-standing one-story Matsura Printing building, soon to be a restaurant with front patio seating.

Twin Greenprint 9th Station buildings at 909 and 915 S 200 W, , center-right, frame the one-story Matsura Printing building being converted into a restaurant space by the owners of Blue Copper coffee. Photos by Luke Garrott.

The Charli

In an adaptive reuse of the old Taffy Town building, Method Studio and CW Urban are well under way on the Charli, at 55 W 800 S. Its 90 units, originally slated as for-sale product, are now listed as coming to the rental market.

The Charli, at 55 W 800 S. Photos by Luke Garrott.

900 South – SpyHop, Henries Cleaners, W Temple projects

Spyhop youth media arts nonprofit has opened up their new building, designed by local Atlas Architects, at the NW corner of 200 W and 900 S, while Urban Alfandre gears up for construction on a big mixed-use project on the SW corner of the intersection.

900 South, with Spyhop and the Henries site. Urban Alfandre, having gained city approval for increased height and then suffering a fire, is yet to start construction on their two-building mixed-use project that will reach all the way to Washington St . Photos by Luke Garrott.

Closer to W Temple, nominally a city street but serving UDOT as a seven-lane off-ramp from I-15, new construction has not been deterred. At the corner of W Temple and 900 S on the site of a former gas station, a 19-unit condo project called Granary on 9th is soon to break ground.

Immediately to the west at 120 W 900 S, developers are squeezing in a nine-unit, three-story apartment building, designed by Sparano + Mooney Architects. Each unit, averaging 600 sf, will have access to a shared balcony.

At 126 W 900 S, just to the west, a former single-family home is being converted to what looks like a restaurant space.

Street reconstruction of two blocks on 900 South – coming now

The city’s Redevelopment Agency and Transportation Division have approved a design for and funded the reconstruction of 900 South from W Temple to 300 West. Set to begin this summer, it will include the addition of the 9-Line multi-purpose trail on the north side of the street, 36 mid-block parking spaces, and 103 new trees.

900 South designs, courtesy SLC RDA and IBI Group.

Washington Street and 300 West

As one nears 300 West, Washington Street is a flurry of activity.

At 869 S Washington, just north of Vertical Diner, Manifest Development is sliding four for-sale condos called The George into a single lot. Demolition occurred last week and the project expects to finish before the end of 2021.

Rendering courtesy Manifest Development, photo by Luke Garrott

South of 900 South, multi-family projects are sprouting on what seems to be every lot. At 948, 950, and 958 S Washington Method Studio has designed a 4-story 200 micro-unit project which has finished demolitions and begun excavation.

On 300 West, Watcke’s Maven West is almost ready for occupancy.

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.