Planning Commission gives green light to new mixed-use project on 900 South

Harvey Milk Boulevard (900 South) just east of State Street will see more high-quality, incremental infill with a mixed-use development that will reuse and heighten the current Huddart Floral building at 156 East 900 South.

Maven Lofts, the latest mixed-use project by Watcke development, will add 57 units on the site, expanding the existing 1963 two-story building upward to four floors.

The project will include seven micro-retail spaces, from 285 square feet to 800 square feet, in addition to a 1,900-square-foot restaurant with a roof-top patio. It activates the building’s street-level frontages on both 900 South and Edison Street (140 East).

Designed by Jacoby Architects, the project passed the city’s planned development and design review process in December and is now applying for building permits.

Sitting on CC Commercial Corridor zoning, the project had to win approval from the planning commission for setback requirements and for 15 feet of extra height. The four-story building will reach the maximum 45 feet allowed in the zone.

Maven Lofts north elevation. Roof top garden for the restaurant and Edison Street, right. Image courtesy Jacoby Architects.

The site was previously owned by Sapa Investment Group, which also had submitted plans for a planned development on the site. That proposal included only 18 residential units and fewer commercial spaces.

Maven Lofts’ 57 residential units will all be one-bedrooms, at 600 square feet. They will be located on the second, third, and fourth floors of the courtyard-shaped structure which will include rooftop amenities for residents.

The Maven Lofts project modeled from the NW, noting the landscaped parts of the project. Image courtesy Jacoby Architects.

The project will be parked by an existing garage on the site, as well as off-site surface-lot stalls along Edison street. Developers are counting 72 stalls for the project, 57 reserved for residents.

The original Maven District buildings, from wife-husband team Tessa Arneson and Tim Watcke, offer more micro-retail space across the street to the north at 155 and 177 East 900 South, along with co-working, office, and wellness facilities.

Image courtesy Jacoby Architects.
The Maven Townhomes, center and left. Image courtesy Jacoby Architects.

Currently under construction is Maven West, another Watcke mixed-use project at 937 South 300 West on the edge of the Central 9th neighborhood. Opening in Fall 2021, it offers one-bedroom apartments, co-working and office space, and two restaurant pads.

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.