It’s blowin’ up, Part 1 – North Temple transit corridor latest

Over the next month we’ll be bringing you more coverage than usual about the North Temple corridor on Salt Lake City’s west side. 

Formerly a six-lane highway, in 2010 the city re-envisioned and re-built the street with UTA, creating the Airport Green Line branch of TRAX light rail. Significant infrastructure improvements were made for people walking and biking, in the hope of creating a “Grand Boulevard” under Mayor Ralph Becker (2008-16), a main champion of the project.

The city also rezoned hundreds of acres of property to variants of its TSA Transit Station Area designation, an urban form-based code.

Is that vision for urban energy at street level being realized anywhere on the corridor? On some blocks, projects under construction, upcoming, and proposed may very well be tipping the character of North Temple’s street front towards the walkability policymakers aimed for. 

Here we look at two new proposals close to Downtown that have just applied to the city for design review approval, plus the Redevelopment Agency’s affordable housing “catalytic project” farther west – SPARK! – that is also in final design review and close to applying for permits.

735 W N Temple – entryNOTE

Images courtesy Line 29 Architecture.

•Replaces Leatherby’s restaurant and parking lot, built 1978

•North Temple/Guadalupe and Jackson/Euclid TRAX stops

•Line 29 Architecture and OZII Opportunity Fund

•171-units: studios, 1-bdrm, 2-bdrm (107 of the units are 1-bdrm)

•8-stories: 5 framed over 3 levels of podium parking

•135 parking stalls, .79:1 ratio

•Market-rate rentals

•Street front: Resident amenities

44 N 1000 W

Images courtesy di’velept design. Photos by Luke Garrott.

•Replaces a single-family home, built 1907

•Jackson/Euclid TRAX stop

•Di’velept design

•35 units: 31 studios, 4 1-bdrm

•4 stories, framed

•11 parking stalls, .45:1 ratio

•Market-rate rentals

•Street front: Windows to resident amenities

•Location: adjacent to Madsen Park, which the city has closed this winter to discourage camping

SPARK!

Images courtesy KTGY Architecture + Planning. Photos by Luke Garrott.

•Replaces Overnighter Motel and parking lot, built 1980

•Power Station TRAX stop

•Brinshore Development and KTGY Architecture + Planning

•200 units: studios to 4-bdrm (52% of the units are 1-bdrm)

•7 stories: 5 framed over 2 levels of podium parking

•137 parking stalls, .68:1 ratio

•LIHTC 9% and 4% tax credit project, all units are subsidized

•Street front: 6000 sf daycare facility, 7000 sf retail, 6000 sf resident amenities

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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.