North Temple TRAX corridor to get a big boost of workforce housing – Village at North Station

The wave of apartment construction in the North Temple TRAX corridor on Salt Lake City’s west side is showing no signs of cresting. The largest project to date since the creation of the TSA (Transit Station Area) zoning is in the city’s planning pipeline – 769 units on 14.5 acres near North Temple’s intersection with I-215.

Project site with hash marks. Courtesy Architecture Belgique.

Local developers Gardner Batt and Architecture Belgique are proposing seven four-story buildings at 1925 W. North Temple – currently a >16 acre parking lot owned by Diamond Airport Parking. It is zoned TSA-MUEC Transit Station Area – Mixed Use Employment Center.

The entrance (now closed) to Diamond Airport Parking. Community radio station 90.9 KRCL, center. Photo by Luke Garrott.

The project will set the rents of all of 769 units at 60% AMI – $52,740 for a family of four or ~$40,000 for a single. Gardner Batt received allocations for tax-exempt bonds and 4% tax credits to finance the project.

The Village at North Station will join a growing list of neighbors clustering around the 1940 West TRAX Green Line station – North Temple Flats, Meridian, North Metro townhomes, Freedom Landing, and soon to come Best Western GLO hotel (also designed by Architecture Belgique).

The development’s two buildings on North Temple will have no ground-floor retail – only a leasing office at the project’s NW corner. 

Parking is less than a 1:1 ratio, but not by much, Tammy Clark, Director of Multi-family at Gardner Batt, told us. All cars will be parked on surface lots.

Site plan for Village at North Station. Courtesy Architecture Belgique.

Unit mix for the 769-unit development is 126 studios, 399 1-bdrm, 211 2-bdrm, and 33 3-bdrms.

Curiously missing – like a broken tooth – from the development’s North Temple frontage is the vacant bank building at 1955 West. Gardner Batt’s Tammy Clark informed us that they are planning a 56-unit project at the site, aimed at housing people with incomes at 25-50% of AMI.

They plan to include 5,500 sf of ground floor retail in that project, aiming to attract a grocery store.

Rendering of North Temple frontage of Village at North Station, GLO hotel, left. Image courtesy Architecture Belgique.

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.