Another market-rate apartment building is proposed for the North Temple corridor.
The Chicago will bring 137 dwellings on .56 acres to the Euclid neighborhood at 51-69 N. Chicago Street (950 West).
The development, on Transit Station Area Urban Neighborhood Transition TSA-UN-T zoning, embraces some tenets of transit oriented development – like a .35:1 parking ratio and 66 bike parking spaces.
But its plans submerges others, offering no retail space at the ground floor, even though its north edge is just steps away from North Temple. The Jackson/Euclid Trax station is less that 1 ½ blocks away.
The transit corridor continues to transition from an auto-oriented, working-class, single-family home neighborhood to a corridor of largely single-use apartment buildings.
Holt Capital Partners, of Fort Worth, TX and locals Go West Investments are listed in city records as the developers. The project is designed by locals Di’velept Design, a BSL sponsor.
The 6- story project includes 69 studios, 44 1-bedroom, and 24 2-bedroom homes. Those 137 dwellings will sit on just over half an acre, offering 245 units/acre density.
Images courtesy Di’velept Design.
Parking will be located on one floor within the podium at grade, providing 48 stalls for residents.
Ground-floor uses currently include parking access, a lobby and small co-working space that may be private to tenants or rented out, the architect for the project, Jarod Hall, told us.
The Chicago’s façade covers nearly 199 feet. It will require the removal of 4 inhabited single-family structures, at 51, 53, 59, and 69 N. Chicago.
From south to north, the homes that will be demolished for the project, at 51, 53, 59, and 69 N. Chicago St. Images courtesy Google.
Ground-floor street presence
The project qualifies, according to the developer’s self-scoring, for full credit in TSA design guidelines for “Integrated mix of uses” on street level. The application states that “100% of the gross floor area on the ground floor is non-residential. Spaces on the ground floor include parking, leasing office, and a variety of amenity spaces for the residents.”
The applicants are correct. Here are the city’s ground-floor TSA guidelines: Full credit for ground floor activation is given if the following conditions are meant.
They basically say ‘anything but ground-floor, street-facing residential. The irony of such supposed ground-floor activation is compounded by the Transit Area Zones being included in the “Commercial Districts” section of city code (21A.26.010). Yet no commercial uses are required.
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