Low-income project at The Silos gets the green light from Planning Commission

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The Silos, a significant redevelopment immediately west of the Post District, got the go-ahead for one of its second phases from the Planning Commission last week.

This phase includes most of the multi-phased project’s parking and a low-income housing building. The Planning Commission approved the design review and planned development last Wednesday. 

Developer BCG Holdings, which also developed the Post District, needed approval to include less landscaping for this phase of The Silos, which BCG representatives say will be more than made up for with a central greenspace that will be added in the future.

The Silos project is located on the block between 500 and 600 South and 400 and 500 West. The project will feature 180 units, all rented for people at or below 60% AMI, or about $63,000 in Salt Lake County.

The low-income building will include frontages on both 500 South and 500 West.

This building will fulfill the housing affordability requirements the entire Silos project is seeking.  

“As an advocate of affordable housing, this is my favorite part of the entire [Silos] project,” Jonathan Hardy of BGC Holdings said. “This project will target specific groups to live here comfortably.” 

The building will be eight stories, with floors 1-3 being internal parking. The project will have 207 parking stalls, even though it only requires 111, to hold some of the parking for other buildings that will not include required parking.

To hide the parking structure, the developer will add a backlit mesh metal mural of mountains on the alley visible from the street. 

The project was designed by Architecture Belgique, which is a Building Salt Lake advertiser.

The project received backlash from a few commissioners due to a condition to approve additional height without the required additional landscaping. 

“How is this project tied to other aspects of the project? If we approve this, how will the landscaping be placed elsewhere?” commissioner Aimee Burrows asked.

A community member expressed concern about limiting landscaping further than what is already the minimum required.

Ultimately, BCG claimed the additional landscaping would be included in the central park of the entire development, a rarity for projects of this type. The park will be a privately owned, publicly accessible green space sitting at the center of The Silos.

The commission voted to approve the project as long as BCG increases the density of landscaping vegetation and the caliber of trees.

Project Breakdown 


  • Studios: 60 
  • One bedroom: 100 
  • Two bedrooms: 20

Total Units: 180 units

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Posted by Zeke Peters

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.