Woodbury moves forward with 1,200 units in South Salt Lake’s new ‘Downtown’

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As South Salt Lake seeks new growth in its downtown core, a new project is expected to bring 1,245 new housing units to a transit development area. 

This project hopes to expand available housing and access to transit for the downtown area and includes mixed uses to fulfill the city’s Downtown District zoning requirements. The plat was approved unanimously by the Planning Commission on September 21, 2023. 

The South Salt Lake Downtown District has seen commercial development replacing old industrial uses but very little housing. Even with numerous projects in the area, there is still new car-centric development on the other side of Downtown from this project. This project is far larger, and intends to have the appearance of a downtown core. According to the architect, 

“Each tower will have a different design to give the feel of a downtown district while being one community,” the developer wrote.

Located at 2191 S and 300 W, Woodbury Corp. intends to demolish three existing warehouses and have a two-phased construction of two multifamily mixed-use structures. Each building is a mix of studios, one-, and two-bedroom units, with added ground floor retail throughout the development. 

This development will take up just over 7.53 acres in downtown South Salt Lake. 

Both structures will feature two-story podium-style parking with six stories of living space on top. This design will result in six individual but connected towers just under 85 feet tall.

The design fits South Salt Lake’s minimum of 50 feet height requirements for their Downtown District developments. Currently surrounding the building are 1-2 story commercial strip developments.

Included are over 1.54 acres of community amenity space above the podiums and more open spaces throughout the development. Some amenities include multiple pools spread throughout the development, a golf simulator, rooftop decks, co-working amenities, and 81 private balconies scattered throughout. 

The Design Review Committee approved the project on May 24, 2023, saying they felt “the project to be a great asset to the further development of the South Salt Lake Downtown District.”

One concern addressed by the Design Review Committee and the Conditional Use Permit was painting murals throughout the first few floors to prevent crime.

The area lacks large housing, but new projects like 21Lux and Strata 99 have tried to ease that. The developer claims that the rents will range from $1,300 – $2,000 a month, or a price that’s 10 – 15% less than Downtown Salt Lake City. This is still within market rates for rent in the area. 

Project Breakdown 

Phase 1: 

  • Studios: 272 
  • One bedroom: 351 
  • Two bedrooms: 119

Total Phase 1: 742 units 

Phase 2: 

  • Studios: 171 
  • One bedroom: 230 
  • Two bedrooms: 86

Total Phase 2: 487 units 

Total Overall Units: 1,245 

Ground Floor Retail: 9,300 sqft

Parking Spaces: 1,079

This new project is unique as it is located on the west side of the UTA TRAX rails and close to the S-line streetcar. It will include 1,079 parking stalls, 43 more than required after the 20% reduction. 

Development Details

  • Owner: Sodo 1 + Woodbury Corp 
  • Architect: Architectural Nexus 
  • Civil Engineering: Psomas

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Posted by Zeke Peters

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.