Putting the incoming explosive growth along North Temple into perspective

We just want to make sure people are prepared for what’s coming to the North Temple corridor.

Along with several other accolades, 2020 may become known as the year that developers capitalized on the potential offered by public investments in transit, associated high-density zoning and Opportunity Zone designation near transit stations along North Temple in Salt Lake City.

It is the year in which Rocky Mountain Power announced its intentions to open up its sprawling footprint — on the scale of a second Downtown — to mixed use development.

But other, more tangible proposals were added to the hopper that residents should brace for as construction on thousands of units begins in coming months and years.

In all, developers added 2,280 new housing units to the queue for an area that has been on the cusp of a development explosion for years, according to a review of all TSA applications submitted this year. 

While it’s difficult to say how many people will move into the new units (and how quickly), the new units could be reasonably expected to add about 3,000 residents once they’re built, Planning Division Director Nick Norris told us.

“The trend of building more housing units than the number of new residents is increasing the vacancy rate, which is starting to balance out the demand as the supply increases,” Norris said. “However that rate is changing slowly so it’s not yet having a noticeable impact on housing costs.”

That also means more options for people working the tens of thousands of jobs near the Salt Lake City International Airport to live closer to where they work, and for others to live with less vehicle-dependency.

Greenprint North Temple

Greenprint North Temple

113 units

OZ development has proposed two, four-story apartment buildings with commercial space at 837 W. North Temple.

The buildings would include 23 micro units, with 22 units per floor on the top three floors. The development would include less than 1 parking stall per housing unit, as allowed in TSA zoning.

Status: In for review.

JAR North Temple

111 units

Another 1970s-era restaurant building will bite the dust for JAR Real Estate Development and Design of Tomorrow’s six-story, 111-unit market-rate project on .57 acres at 1625 W. North Temple.

Do Eat Chinese restaurant and its parking lot will give way to the project’s studios, 1- and 2-bedroom units, which will range from 450-950 square feet. The building’s ample horizontal balconies are prominent architectural features.

One level of podium parking will house 45 spaces, for a 04 stall per unit ratio. The project is within 750 feet of the Power Station TRAX stop.

Status: Approved for construction as of Dec. 15, 2020.

Lusso North Temple

Lusso North Temple

271 units

The southwest corner 1000 West and North Temple is set to become reframed by two structures included in the Lusso Apartments.

The project would bring 271 market-rate units on just under two acres in the Euclid/Poplar Grove neighborhood, replacing a Chinese food restaurant and parking lot plus seven single-family structures on Learned Avenue.

Di’velept design’s Jarod Hall is proposing a podium-plus-five project with bold box-like facade features that frame multiple balconies. The Lusso will offer studios, 1- and 2-bedroom units, with ground floor gym, leasing office and 1,500 square feet of retail.

Status: Awaiting planning review.

Greenprint Fairpark

150 units

This project includes 150 new micro units at 940 W. North Temple, all around 300 square feet, by OZ Development.

Status: Under construction.

Power Station TOD.

Power Station TOD

285 units

The latest proposal for North Temple, the Power Station TOD development would bring 285 market rate rental housing units to two new buildings at 1528 W. North Temple (Cornell St.), site of the closed Diamond Lil’s restaurant.

The project would have a multi-story parking structure wrapped within one of the buildings and leasing space fronting North Temple.

This is another proposal in the area designed by Architecture Belgique. It’s being developed by Henderson Development and Forum RE.

Status: In for review.

Aerial rendering from the north of Village at North Station. North Temple Street, bottom. Image courtesy Architecture Belgique.

Village at North Station

769 units

At 769 units on 14.5 acres near North Temple’s intersection with I-215, this proposed ‘village’ would become the largest project to date since the creation of the TSA (Transit Station Area) zoning.

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

Status: In for planning review.

Apartments at 850, a proposal by Axis Architects and TAG SLC at 850 West 100 South in the Euclid neighborhood. Image courtesy Axis Architects.

850 W 100 S Apartments 

45 units

This five-story building, designed by Axis Architects, would include 45 studio apartments ranging from 400 to 500 square feet at 850 W. 100 S.

It “anchors one of the city’s next great eclectic precincts,” the developers wrote in their application in October. “The neighborhood is adding restaurants, housing and amenities. Additional, varied housing opportunities are in the offing.”

TAG SLC, which is a sponsor of Building Salt Lake, said the building, if approved, would add affordable housing close to Downtown. Indeed, the corridor is among the closest neighborhoods to Downtown Salt Lake City, even if separated physically and psychologically by an outsized interstate and railroad tracks.

Status: In for Planning Division review as of Dec. 10, 2020.

The Yard. Image courtesy of CW Urban.

The Yard 

170 units 

CW Urban is planning another residential development among its rapid build-out of mid-density townhomes in Salt Lake City.

This one, called The Yard, would exist on the largest footprint and the farthest west of the Centerville-based developer’s projects in the city. 

This time, the project would be a rental project, rather than the hundreds of for-sale units built and sold by CW Urban in the past three years. While The Yard would include 170 units, it would sit on about 12 acres of a currently industrial site at 1230 West 200 South along the Jordan River, representing just under 19 units per acre.

Status: Approved for construction.

The original rendering of the Villa Nueva micro apartments, from 2015, depicted a 12-unit project in Salt Lake City’s Fairpark neighborhood.

Villa Nueva Micro Apartments

35 units

Salt Lake City’s North Temple corridor remains a hot-spot among developers looking to bring transit-oriented developments to the west side.

The latest example is the Villa Nueva, which would bring a five-story, 35 micro-apartment development to 909 West 200 North in Fairpark, within a quarter-mile of the Jackson/Euclid TRAX station and half-mile of the North Temple FrontRunner station.

“These 420-square-foot units are designed for maximum efficiency. The kitchens feature a 2-burner stove, full wall oven, European counter-depth refrigerator, full pantry and additional cabinet space,” the developer, Micro Villas, wrote of the project. “Views to the community skybridge can be open for interaction, or blocked by window shades.”

Status: In for planning review.

Kozo House.

Kozo House 

319 units

This proposal to add density was significantly changed after commission members took issue with design aesthetics at an earlier meeting, but approved the project at their Dec. 2 meeting.

The Kozo House would add 319 units in a 67-foot tall building at 175 N. 600 W. in an area of the North Temple Bridge-Guadalupe neighborhood that’s zoned TSA (transit-oriented).

The building marks a significant move toward adding very density housing with small, truly transit-oriented units and small ground-floor retail space.

While people who spoke out against the project accused the developer of greed, Dallin Jolley says he’s aiming to keep the studio apartments at 68% AMI. That would mean someone making around $45,000 annually could afford housing within spending more than 30% of their earnings.

Status: Approved for development with a condition to conduct a traffic study.

Emeril Townhomes

Emeril Townhomes

12 units 

This mid-density project would bring 12 townhome units to a 0.28-acre lot at 833 W. Emeril.

Status: Awaiting design review.

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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.