Unique small-scale for-sale project proposed in south Sugar House

Local developers plan to bring a housing type increasingly rare in the city’s growing inventory of rental units – new condos in a neighborhood-scaled mixed-use project in south Sugar House.

On the northeast corner of 2700 South and 500 East, Manifest Development and Babcock Design are proposing a 14-unit, 2 ½ story building that will include a for-sale retail space.

The .41-acre property consists of 3 lots all currently zoned CN Neighborhood Commercial.  A vacant one-story commercial building and a single-family home will be demolished. 

The site of the building, called The Harvey, is directly north of the city-owned Nibley Park Golf Course.

Photos of the site, at 501, 511, and 515 East 2700 South. Images courtesy Google and SLC Planning Division.

The project is in design review at the Planning Commission for planned development approval. Developers seek an increase in the maximum lot size, reduction of front- and side-yard setbacks, a 5-ft height increase on one end of the building, and approval of canopies for the retail space that will encroach on required setbacks on the street-facing side of the building.

Unique for-sale units

Eight of the units will be stacked townhouse-style, and three of those will be “English basement” type homes – with an additional living space at the rear of the home. 

Developers write they will include “a living room, kitchenette, bedroom, and full bathroom. These are partially submerged basements with an entrance from the front courtyards, allowing the space to be used as part of the home above or closed off to serve a variety of separate functions (home office suitable for receiving clients, in-law or guest unit, or fully separate apartment).”

The six apartment-style units will be 1-2 bdrm. Developers claim they will provide “opportunities for home ownership at price points lower than median townhouses and single-family detached homes.“

Abundant parking – 29 stalls – will be provided in a stacking system contained within the footprint of the building. It will be accessible from an existing alley on the structure’s north side. Bicycle parking will also be housed interior to the building.

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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.