New for-sale townhomes continue to trickle into the market

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Small-scale infill projects continue to attract developers in Salt Lake City, and they’re not all rentals.

At 2445 South 500 East, just south UDOT’s right-of-way for Interstate 80, local developer Phillip Winston is looking to build eight row houses on the site of two single-family homes built in 1900.

Images courtesy Google.

Atlas Architects, applying on behalf of Grey Willow LLC, is asking the city for planned development approval and a zoning change from R-1-7000 to RMF-35 on the southern parcel. The northern part, .95 acres, is currently zoned RMF-35 and has already received planned development approval from the Planning Commission.

The project, called Woodland Commons, plans to combine the two lots for an 1.29 acre assemblage, where the eight, 2250 sf units will provide a density of 24 unit per acre.

Images courtesy Atlas Architects.

Developers, while requesting the upzone to RMF-35, can’t build the project without special approval through the planned development process. The current rules for RMF-35 require front and rear setbacks of 20’ and 25’ respectively, with a minimum lot size of 19,000 sf and a minimum lot width of 80’.

Changes approved by the city council for RMF-30 are yet to be applied to the other mid-density RMF zones, -35 and -45.

The for-sale product will be entering a market in Salt Lake City where new townhome builds are typically asking between $400,000 and $1.5 million. Given the project’s proximity to downtown Sugar House, it would be expected to be in the top half of that distribution.

Editor’s note: This post has been corrected to reflect the correct name of the architects on the project, which is Atlas, not Axis.

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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.