Quickly and quietly, Salt Lake suburbs add thousands of new mid-density units west of State Street

Developers have found a welcome area along the UTA transit line in recent years, flooding an underutilized area with dozens of urban infill developments that have added an impressive amount of density to Salt Lake City’s immediate neighbors to the south.

At least 28 different residential and commercial projects are under construction or recently completed between West Temple and Main Street alone, Building Salt Lake counted during a recent tour of the area.

While some are visible from I-15, the scale is a bit shocking on the ground, as builders continue creating space for thousands of new residents in South Salt Lake, Millcreek and Murray.

The flurry of development is creating new urban nodes in all three towns, including new office, retail and multi-family residential spaces.

Murray moved a decade ago to create its Fireclay District, which it billed as a walkable, urban neighborhood west of State Street. The district includes a UTA station and quickly attracted developers who could build infill apartments in the area.

There are clusters of development coming to South Salt Lake, Millcreek and Murray, all along a transit line between I-15 and State Street.

Millcreek’s slim portion in the area west of State Street is also attracting infill, with multi-family housing and new commercial space being built. 

South Salt Lake continues to wrestle with its desire to pump up its sales tax base (at times with sprawling developments like Winco and car dealerships) and its master planing for a walkable and attractive Downtown. But it too is attracting interest and some new density.

In all, we counted about 2,300 new units within the decade, many of which are still in development, from 2100 South in Salt Lake City to 4500 South in Murray where Main Street veers east to join US-89 (State Street).

Phase one of South City will include seven acres of residential, retail and commercial, starting with a 150,000 square foot building. Photo by Taylor Anderson.
  • South City, South Salt Lake

Phase one will include seven acres of residential, retail and commercial, starting with a 150,000 square foot building.

63,000 square feet of class A flex space in South Salt Lake just south of 3300 S. West Temple. Photo by Taylor Anderson.
  • The BlockYard, South Salt Lake

New 63,000 square foot Class A flex space at 2800 South West Temple.

Between 2700 S. and 3300 S. West Temple in South Salt Lake, The Hawthorne, a gated townhome project. Photo by Taylor Anderson.
  • Hawthorne Townhomes

This gated townhome community includes 218 two- and three-bedroom rental units on its 19.28 acres at 2852 S. West Temple (although it had been entitled to build over 1,000 units).

  • West Temple Towns

20 new for-sale townhomes just south of 3300 S. West Temple.

  • Meadowbrook Via Apartments, South Salt Lake

Phase one included 80 units that opened in 2016. Phase two added another 58 units around 3808 S. West Temple; 

  • The Hub of Opportunity, South Salt Lake

The Hub includes 156 residential units, 110 that are income restricted and 16 that are part of the NextWork Autism Transition Academy. Residential units are part of a 200,000 square foot building that opened this spring around 3900 S. West Temple, a joint development venture with UTA.

Harmony Square is set to have 287 apartments, including 60 studios, 166 one- and 61 two-bedroom units, averaging 684 square feet.
  • Harmony Square Apartments, South Salt Lake

Harmony Square is set to have 287 apartments, including 60 studios, 166 one- and 61 two-bedroom units, averaging 684 square feet. 

The new Front climbing gym in Millcreek close to Murray’s Fireclay District. Photo by Taylor Anderson.
  • The Front South Main, Millcreek

The popular climbing gym built a new, 50,000 square foot facility at 4140 S. Main St. in Millcreek, which disrupted a bike lane for on-street parking to supplement copious off-street parking at the facility.

Birkhill, photo by Taylor Anderson.
  • Birkhill on Main, Murray

At 73 units per acre, Birkhill on Main adds 311 dwelling units on 6.2 acres and comes with 238 parking spaces with the five-story building just south of 4500 South. The building includes affordable and market-rate rental units.

  • Metro @ Fireclay, Murray

340 units in a six-story building that helps form the bulk of this new urban town center. One-bedroom, one-bathroom units start around $1,019 a month.

Near Murray Depot around 4300 S. Main St., in an area where urban infill has added thousands of residential units in a matter of years. Photo by Taylor Anderson.
  • Murray Depot 

93 total units, with 65 of them held affordable and 29 market-rate. 

  • Townhomes on Birkhill Boulevard

For-sale townhomes in the Fireclay District.

  • Avida, Murray

400-unit apartment building.

  • Moda Glenwood, Millcreek

176 units at the early stages of development.

  • Moda Meadowbrook, Millcreek

145 new units, including affordable.

  • 2550 South Main, South Salt Lake

112 units.

Higrade Apartments at 2150 S. West Temple in South Salt Lake. 102 units in a five-story building.
  • Higrade Apartments, South Salt Lake

102 units in a five-story building in South Salt Lake’s nascent brewery-distillery district.

  • The Crossing on Main, South Salt Lake

95 units of townhomes just north of the the S-Line streetcar and multi-use path.

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.