North Temple apartment surge shows no signs of retreat

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Sitting in a transit corridor in an Opportunity Zone, it’s not surprising that on a gentrifying west side, the Family Dollar at 50 North 900 West was not long for this world.

Developers submitted plans to the city last week for a 5-over-2, single-use, 191-unit apartment building for the .83 acre site bordering Emeril Avenue and 900 West. It sits just north of Red Iguana’s banquet space, the Red Tree Room.

The property is zoned Transit Station Area Urban Neighborhood Core. The Jackson-Euclid Trax stop is 850 feet away, just over a block’s walk.

Within a 1.5 block radius of the proposed project, there are over 1000 apartment dwellings currently in various stages of construction, and another 500 actively proposed.

The Emeril Apartments will offer studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, ranging from 420 SF to 895 SF. 45% of the building’s units will be studios.

Parking will be furnished on three levels, one down and two in the podium structure. Its 135 stalls will serve 191 apartments, a .7 to 1 ratio.

The project will have two street faces – 900 West and Emeril Avenue. Its ground floor activation along 900 West include a lobby, gym, leasing office, and food delivery room. Convenient, the last, given a restaurant delivery kitchen is opening across the street.

On the south side of the building, along Emeril, Axis Architects have designed entrances to five studio apartments and the parking garage.

Developers also have plans to build 36 townhomes at 830 W. Emeril, as a Phase 1 to the apartment project.

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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.