Zoning change for The Exchange headed to City Council

Rendering of the southwest corner of The Exchange and People’s Way a city-owned private street. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.

A large mixed-use, affordable housing development has cleared another hurdle after the Salt Lake City Planning Commission voted on Wednesday to forward a favorable recommendation to city council for a zoning amendment needed for the project to move forward.

The project, referred to as The Exchange, is proposed for the northwest corner of the 400 South block of 300 East replacing the former Barnes Bank and Salt Lake Roasting Company buildings.

The project will consist of two mixed-use buildings.  A nine-story building will occupy the northwest corner of the block at the intersection of 400 South and 300 East and a five-story building will occupy the mid-block directly east of Blair Street and 400 South.

The city is asking for a rezone of People’s Way, the city-owned private street that separates the Public Safety Complex from the Barnes Bank Building.  The parcel is zoned PL-2 (Public Lands) but the city would like to rezone it to TSAUC-C (Transit Station Area-Urban Center Station-Core), to match the zoning of the parcels to the north and east of the street.

According to planning documents, the rezone is necessary to allow residential and commercials uses to front People’s Way.  Additionally, the city wants to keep the street as a designated private street to allow for outdoor dining and food truck use, which is prohibited on public streets.

Site plan for The Exchange. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.

This is the second proposed zoning amendment for the parcels that make up the proposed The Exchange development.  Last year the City Council approved a similar zoning amendment for the mid-block parcel directly east of the Public Safety Complex to accommodate a future mixed-use development.

City officials announced the selection of Exchange proposal in July.  The project will be developed by local developers, Giv Development Group and Domain Companies, a New York City-based firm.

The project will include 412 residential units, 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 30,000 square feet of coworking and commercial office space.  The project will be mixed-income with 196 affordable units and 216 market-rate apartments.

The nine-story building will consist of seven floors of residential space, with 288 residential units, above a two-story parking podium.  The podium will be wrapped by ground-floor retail on both 400 South and 300 East.  The developers have partnered with the International Rescue Committee’s Spice Kitchen business incubator program to run an international food hall and marketplace that will serve as the anchor of the retail component.

The second building will be five stories.  The portion fronting 400 South will include three floors of commercial office space above a one-story parking podium that will be wrapped by retail space on 400 South.  The office space will be anchored by “The Shop at Salt Lake City,” a 30,000-square foot co-working and business accelerator space. The Shop will offer programming aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship, small business development and community engagement.

The rear wing will consist of micro-apartment units above a parking podium and the “The Shop at Salt Lake City,” a 30,000-square foot co-working and business accelerator space.  According to the mayor’s office, The Shop will offer amenities and programming aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship, small business development, and community engagement.

The zoning request will need city council approval before the city will sell the land to the developers.  The developers hope to start construction fall of 2018.

Conceptual rendering of the northwest corner of The Exchange. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.
Conceptual rendering of the southwest corner of The Exchange. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.