More residential planned for the Target block

Rendering of the residential entryways in the Dalton’s Edge development. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

Many proponents of smart growth were disappointed when Target opened a very suburban-style big box store in 2010.  The retailer is known for building very urban-friendly department stores in higher density neighborhoods, but for Salt Lake, they opted for the traditional format with its ample surface parking.

Yet, the store is adjacent to one of the city’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, Central Ninth and the Granary District, and as that neighborhood continues to expand, developers are eyeing the vacant and underutilized land surrounding Target.

Developers, dbURBAN Communities, plan to build 67 townhomes near the intersection of 400 West and Aspen Avenue.  The project, referred to as Dalton’s Edge will include 16 residential buildings and a clubhouse.  The units will be rentals with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, the bulk of which will be one and two bedrooms.

The units will be three-stories with a car garage on the ground floor, living space on the second and bedrooms on the third floor. Many units will also include roof decks.

According to planning documents, because of the adjacent industrial buildings and big box stores, the project’s architects have made human-scale design a priority for each building.  The developers will use exterior materials to have the buildings reflect the industrial history of the Granary District.  Building materials will be a mix of concrete, brick, metal, wood and glass.

The buildings will run east to west with the homes fronting private walkways.  Landscaping to the west of the project will be used to mitigate noise from the Interstate.

There is only one structure on the site, a deteriorating industrial garage.  Developers plan to disassemble the structure and potentially reuse the materials in building the clubhouse.  The clubhouse will be two stories with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor plaza on the second floor.  Additionally, the clubhouse will feature a vertical architectural element.

The Dalton’s Edge development is one of two residential projects planned for the Target block.  Developers, Connelly & Connelly Properties LLC plan to build the Paxton 365, a four-story, 121 residential unit mixed-use project directly south of the Target at the 300 West block of Paxton Avenue.

The developers of Dalton’s Edge are going through the Planned Development process to allow them to have the homes front a private street.  The project will need final approval from the Salt Lake City Planning Commission before building permits can be issued.

Rendering of the proposed clubhouse in the Dalton’s Edge development. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.
The site plan for the Dalton’s Edge development. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at