North Temple buildout pipeline grows with latest proposal for apartments

The pipeline of projects that promise to quickly densify Salt Lake City’s North Temple corridor has a few more projects on the way.

The latest would be a six-story housing proposal that would see a small warehouse building, two rental homes and a trailer replaced with 120 housing units. The project, at 800 West 47 North, would have a significant amount of family-sized housing, with 40 three-bedroom units.

With another 80 one- and two-bedroom units, the 800 West Apartments would continue the rapid buildout of North Temple and the blocks immediately north and south, as developers continue capitalizing on high-density zoning near transit and easy financing in a federally designated opportunity zone.

In 2020 alone, developers lined up 2,280 new housing units for the area, which has been on the cusp of a development explosion for years, according to a review of all TSA applications submitted that year. 

That alone is expected to add about 3,000 more people to the area, which is seeing vacant parcels, buildings and low-density homes make way for high-density apartments. 

  • 40, one-bedroom units ranging from 481 — 610 square feet
  • 40, two-bedroom units ranging from 826 — 936 square feet
  • 40, three-bedroom units ranging from 1,077 — 1,196 square feet
  • 63 parking stalls provided (nine of which are for electric vehicles
  • 64 bicycle stalls provided

Projects like 800 West show developers and property owners will continue the trend in 2021. The parcel immediately north of this one — long home to a problem motel and a fast food restaurant — is moving toward redevelopment, as well.

The projects and impending change has led to tension, as some residents and activists organized protests against lost single-family homes in an area that’s zoned high-density due to its close proximity to transit.

Projects that score high enough on the city’s scoresheet that accounts for things like high enough density, replacing vacant or underutilizing parcels, hiding parking and meeting other design requirements.

The 800 West Apartments submission appears to score high enough to meet the city’s requirements and therefore is teed up to be approved and ready to build as soon as the developers have financing.

A third of the new units, 40 out of 120, would be affordable for those making 60% or less of the median income, or about $37,000 a year for a single person.

“This project is designed to provide living spaces for the ever-expanding area of Salt Lake City at a low cost but with a fresh and modern look,” the developer, Roers Companies, wrote in planning documents submitted by JZW Architects.

“The building is designed to give entry prominence to 800 West (which is better suited to traffic) and to highlight Emeril Ave. and its current neighborhood aesthetic.”

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Posted by Taylor Anderson

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.