Townhome project formerly owned by TAG SLC looks to replace single-family home near North Temple

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A lot originally submitted for townhome development by TAG SLC in 2021 has resurfaced in the design review pipeline at the Planning Commission with a new design and new owner.

Located on a single-family lot at 922 W. Euclid Ave, the six-unit project resides in the North Temple transit corridor boundaries, and is regulated by TSA-UN-T (Transit Station Area-Urban Neighborhood -Transition) zoning. 

The previous project scored well under the 125 points on the TSA design checklist needed to avoid the Planning Commission. Projects scoring 125 or more undergo administrative review instead of the Commission, a process consuming less time, and likely less money for developers.

Let’s take a look at the current plans and check in with the owner’s representative.

The plans

Developers propose six townhomes in a two-story wood framed structure on slab. Six units on the lot’s .08 acres equates to 75 units per acre. 

Each unit will be 1205 SF, offering 2BR/2BA. Exterior materials include brick, painted hard coat stucco, and horizontal fiber cement board.

Images courtesy Core Architecture

On site are six surface parking stalls, for a 1:1 parking ratio. 

The property is three blocks from the nearest TRAX station, at Jackson/Euclid. 

Previously submitted in 2021, the project soon thereafter was sold by TAG (under the name GO WEST TO INVEST). That project was panned by planners, who contested the applicant’s own scoring, which TAG tallied at 160. Principal Planner Michael McNamee gave the project only 105 points, falling well short of the 125 threshold.

The current project narrative reflects on that experience, and states, “Based on the feedback from the previous Transit Station Area District application Development score, the owner has decided to submit a design review application for this new design.”

We checked in with the owner’s representative, James Whitmore of OGI Construction, and asked whether he was worried about having to face the Planning Commission. He said he wasn’t.

When we inquired about the project’s connection to TAG SLC, Whitmore told us “TAG started it two to three years ago but a buddy of mine bought them out. We’ve completely redesigned and revamped the project.”

When reminded that TAG has made some bad news lately, Whitmore replied, “They sure have! I noticed that on one of the pages of our latest plans there was still their logo on there, and I said, ‘scratch that immediately’.”

The project is likely to reach the Planning Commission near the end of the year.

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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.