Key corner on North Temple sees proposal for 260-unit project

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The West North Temple corridor is experiencing massive growth as Transit Station Area (TSA) zoning – and Opportunity Zone status – continue to spur development. Many of these projects only require staff approval when they fit existing guidelines and scoring. Still, some have required design changes that triggered public meetings and Planning Commission approval, as seen with Lusso 2. Despite this, new buildings are going up with numerous more planned or proposed. 

A new proposed project on a key corner lot a block filed an application in October following the TSA scoring and guidelines. 

The south west corner of 800 West and North Temple – which used to host the Gateway Inn and a Wienerschnitzel drive-thru restaurant – will become Gateway Living, an apartment complex by Argyll Development located at 805 W. North Temple.

Gateway Living features around 260 units in studios and two bedrooms. The building could feature a central courtyard with a pool and a rooftop deck. The building is planned to be seven stories, with three floors of parking and four for living.

While ground floor retail activation is the city’s goal, this project only features live-work units on the North Temple facade while having one 3,000 sqft retail space on the 800 West side with more live-work units. 

Since this is a TSA zone, the parking is not required to be one-to-one. This project could feature a maximum of  215 parking spaces, with a plan for 200 for the estimated 260 units. 

The project will be added to over twenty other projects along this same corridor. With so much growth, Salt Lake has implemented new ground floor activation requirements to try and activate the streets being developed. 

The city has changed its definition of “active uses.” While residential still counts, the intent is not to discourage walk-ups or visual interest. At least 75 % of the facade must feature these “active uses.” The proposed project features ground-floor retail, but the majority of the facade will be live-work units.

This project will be some of the first tests of the City Staff’s judgment on implementing and interpreting their new design standards for ground floor activation. 

Project Breakdown

  • Studios: 134
  • One-bedrooms: 104
  • Two-bedrooms: 22

Total Units: 260

Development Details

Owner: Argyll Development 

Civil Engineers: Kimley-Horn

Architect: Dwell Design Studio 

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Zeke Peters is a dual-masters student at the University of Utah studying Urban Planning and Public Administration. He works as a planner and designer in Salt Lake City. He currently resides in downtown Salt Lake and is from Austin, Minnesota, the birthplace of SPAM.