New proposal for Highland Park neighborhood would bring townhomes near Millcreek Center

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An architecture firm has released its plans to bring two rows of townhomes to a corner in Salt Lake City’s Highland Park neighborhood.

The proposal, by Axis Architects, would put 20 townhomes on what is now a 0.53-acre site of a 7-Eleven convenience store at 2901 S. Highland Drive.

Axis said in a new design review application that the predominately single-family homes east of the site were “out of reach for younger families,” suggesting that they would aim to build homes that are less than the $600,000-$800,000 currently available in the area.

The project plans to offer homes in three-story footprints: two stories for people to live in and one story for them to park their cars. The rooftops on the buildings fronting Zenith Avenue would include rooftop decks, according to renderings shared in the design review application.

The proposal will test the neighborhood’s willingness for moderate density housing near what is becoming a commercial hub.

Like many neighborhoods in Salt Lake City, Highland Park is bound by major streets that act as commercial nodes. Highland Drive largely consists of commercial zoning that is attracting a mix of housing types as well as new businesses.

Just southwest of the proposed project is Millcreek Commons, the new center of the relatively newly incorporated suburb of Salt Lake City.

It’s not clear whether this project will actually move forward through construction, or if the applicant will get the property entitled for the townhomes and then attempt to sell the property. That’s what Axis did with a site in Glendale, which is now for sale for $4.45 million after winning approval for a 57-unit project on Navajo Street.

It’s too soon to say whether the latest project has the capital to move forward if approved.

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Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.