North Temple project continues single-use trend fronting transit corridor

With a design unlikely to help create the “new main street” along North Temple aspired to in the city’s master plan, developers eager to conceal their identity dropped designs for a market-rate rental project on the southwest corner of 10th West and N Temple.

Across the street to the north, the State Fairpark is the only development on the intersection that orients towards the street.

Surface parking lots front the other three corners.

Photo taken in March 2022 of the Lusso 1 (left) and Lusso 2 (right) sites.

At 57 N 1000 W, the second building of the Lusso Apartments development, originally stopping short of the corner, will now also cover the site of El Asadero Mexican restaurant – self-proclaimed masters of spicy pork on the spit, tacos al pastor.

While taking out the ancient drive-thru restaurant and its large asphalt pad, the all-1-bdrm, 160-unit Lusso 2 building will provide zero amenities to the public. 

Renderings courtesy di’velpt design.

Persons along N Temple will encounter only windows to tenant amenities – a private gym, leasing office, mail room, and clubhouse. On 10 W, all street frontage will be all residential. No patios, porches, or stoops for ground-floor homes are included in the designs submitted to the city. 

Those designs will have to meet the Planning Commission’s approval.

We asked Jarod Hall, the developer’s representative and architect, why so little retail space was included in plans.

Hall, a principal at di’velpt design, a Building Salt Lake Sponsor, reflected the dour realism of current market trends that drives so much decision making for the private sector. 

Lusso 1, under construction. Photos by David Osokow.

Pointing to the single, still under-construction 1500 sf retail space being built in Lusso 1, Hall suggested that “the developer is having trouble getting a tenant for that space. Because of that he wasn’t interested in dedicating space in the revised second phase.” 

Hall, a west side resident, theorized “until there is enough disposable income in the neighborhood that spaces fill quickly it is tough for developers to justify to lenders and capital partners to include that space.”

Lusso 2 plans include:

  • 160 units, all 1-bdrm
  • 158 parking stalls [6 electric vehicle and 8 bike parking (requirement is 5%)] 
  • .9 acre parcel, 178 units/acre
  • Balconies for all: each unit facing Learned Ave, 1000 W, and N Temple floors 2-7 
  • Architects: di’velpt design
  • DG Construction
  • Wilding Engineering

Lusso 1, currently well into construction:

  • 167 apartment homes: studios, 1- and 2-bdrm
  • 189 parking stalls 
  • 1.21 acre parcel, 139 units/acre 
  • Fronting N Temple, it will offer only 1500 sf retail. The remaining street front space will be taken up by a leasing office and a private gym.

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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.