Small-scale multifamily housing project approved near Redwood Road 

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Earlier this month, the Planning Commission approved a new 24-unit multifamily building at 1655 W. California Avenue called The Stax. The project looks to add 24 studios on an odd-shaped vacant lot at the intersection with Redwood Road. 

The Stax requested a design review due to the height of the proposed building. The additional height allows for another floor of units since all parking will be on a surface lot south of the structure. One parking stall is planned per unit or 24 total. 

The four-story design provides six units per floor, with five on each floor having a balcony on the upper levels. All apartments on the first floor will have outdoor entrances and private patios. The units range in size from 300 to 350 sqft. 

The Stax project will demolish and replace a vacant lot and a car wash facility. The property is immediately adjacent to a single-family home and residential neighborhood to the east. 

The plans add lots of landscaping, complete the Redwood Road intersection sidewalk, and feature a small dog run area and bike racks. Each unit will feature a full kitchen and laundry. No other amenities are designed into the project. 

The Stax project borders the surplus canal that features a trail that eventually connects to the Jordan River Trail. However, the plan does not address a way to connect to it.

This west Salt Lake City area, far from the North Temple transit corridor, has seen very little investment in new housing and growth outside of industrial uses. While Redwood Road to the north is seeing a mix of for-sale and multifamily housing between new warehouse uses, no major housing project has been seen near The Stax project in the last ten years, according to a Building Salt Lake permit search. A small for-sale townhome project located at 1106 S Redwood Road has transferred hands and is currently looking to finish construction later this year.

City zoning has made Redwood Road (SR 68) a land-use separator, along with the surplus canal, that keeps residential from industrial uses. This project will create a small transition and buffer as one drives onto California Avenue from the west. 

The landscaping plan for The Stax looks to help the city’s goals for the area by bringing the building close to the street, placing parking behind, and enhancing the pedestrian experience along California Avenue. The Stax would add to the West Salt Lake neighborhood plan by providing one of the first new small-scale multifamily projects at a major intersection.

Development Details:

Architect: RAD Architects

Units: 24 Studios

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Zeke Peters is a dual-masters student at the University of Utah studying Urban Planning and Public Administration. He works as a planner and designer in Salt Lake City. He currently resides in downtown Salt Lake and is from Austin, Minnesota, the birthplace of SPAM.