‘Sister’ apartment projects in Ballpark updated and approved

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Developers and the city have hammered out updated plans for The Collaborative pair of apartments at 1135 S West Temple and 1150 S Richards Street that sit strategically in the capitol city’s increasingly attractive Ballpark neighborhood. It is just two blocks from the “heart of the neighborhood” identified in the city’s recent plan for the area around the TRAX station at 1300 South and 200 West.

The “sister projects” called Collaborative will bring 185 apartments on two parcels that cover 1.67 acre (111 units/acre). The Planning Commission last week approved the plans for Richards Street, while also accepting changes made to the West Temple building, which was originally approved in August 2022.

The projects both requested height increases to 45 feet, the maximum allowed in the CC Commercial Corridor zone with design review.

Collaborative 1135 S West Temple

Among the changes for the approved West Temple project are altering the unit mix from all-studios to 30 studios, 18 one-bedroom, and 20 two-bedroom apartment homes.

The original renderings for the 1135 S West Temple building. The parking has now been placed under the building. Image courtesy Defy Design.

The original approval was for a building with 88 units, all studios, with 45 surface parking spaces provided behind the building. The alteration approved by the Planning Commission on May 24th now has 68 units and 55 parking stalls, all contained on the ground floor and within the footprint of the building fronting West Temple.

Images courtesy Defy Design and SLC Planning Division.

Collaborative 1150 S Richards

At 1150 S Richards Street, just across the north-south running public alley, Defy Design presented a 117-unit project that, like the West Temple Collaborative, will have a mix of studios (64), one-bedroom (16), and two-bedroom (37) homes.

Images courtesy Defy Design

Its parking level, also contained in the building’s footprint, will provide 89 spaces—a .76:1 parking ratio.

Ground level will also provide 10 apartments fronting Richards Street.

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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.