Construction starts on large South Salt Lake development

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Rendering of the Ritz Classic Apartments. Image courtesy of Think Architects.
Crews finish installing the renovated Ritz Classic Sign on the 2200 South of State Street. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

Since 1958, the 90-foot Ritz Classic bowling pin has served as a place-maker for the city of South Salt Lake.  This week crews reassembled the iconic sign, which was part of the now shuttered Ritz Classic bowling alley, at its historic home on the 2200 block of State Street, just south of the S-Line streetcar route.

The sign has been completely renovated and will now serve as a place-maker for an evolving downtown South Salt Lake and a new mixed-use development, the Ritz Classic Apartments.

It’s been two years since it was first proposed, but construction is now underway on the Ritz Classic Apartments, a five-story 287-unit mixed-use development at the 2200 South block of State Street.

The site plan for the Ritz Classic Apartments.

The Ritz is one of three residential projects under construction along the S-Line streetcar in the East Streetcar Neighborhood Zone, a form-based zoning district that includes the majority of the parcels surrounding the S-Line between State Street and 500 East.  The other two projects, the Zellerbach Apartments and the S-Line Townhomes, are under construction between one and two blocks to the east respectively and will add 324 new residential units to the neighborhood.

The Ritz project is also one of the several long-proposed developments in downtown South Salt Lake to start construction this year.  Across the street, construction is underway on an 85,000-square-foot grocery store by Winco Foods, on the 2100 South block of State Street as part of The Crossing mixed-use development.

The Ritz Classis Apartments is by developers ICO Multi Family Holdings, the commercial real estate arm of Ivory Homes, and will be a five-story 287-unit mixed-use residential development with frontage on 200 East and the S-Line.

As is required under the East Streetcar Neighborhood zone, the project is designed to interact with the streetcar line and greenway with active entrances every 75-feet and minimum transparency requirements along the greenway.  The zone’s form-based code also restricts stucco to no more than 20 percent of a project’s façade.

The development will have three residential entrances fronting the streetcar line with a 20-foot setback from the S-Line that will be occupied by open space, essentially widening the S-Line greenway.  The project will also include two ground floor retail storefronts, one at the intersection of 200 East and the S-line and one on 200 East.

The project occupies 4.11 acres and replaces the historic Ritz Bowling Alley and will connect to State Street via a small private street that will run adjacent to the Ritz Classic sign.

The five-story project will consist of four floors of wood-framed residential above a ground floor parking podium with 314 parking stalls.  The residential units will be market-rate and include a mix of one and two bedroom apartments.  The interior residential units will open to two central courtyards above the parking podium.

The project’s amenities include: a S-Line corner plaza, elevated lap swimming pool, outdoor common area including dining and kitchen facilities, two hot tubs, dog park, pet salon, conference rooms, Internet café, sports lounge, club room, internal secured bicycle storage with maintenance stations and dedicated parking for electric vehicles.

Construction crews have started ground/utility prep work at the site of the future Ritz Classic Apartments as seen from 200 East and the S-line. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
Rendering of the Ritz Classic Apartments looking from 200 East and the S-Line. Image courtesy of Think Architects.
Rendering of the west façade of the Ritz Classic Apartments. Image courtesy of Think Architects.
Rendering of the south façade of the Ritz Classic Apartments. The project includes two second-floor courtyards. Image courtesy of Think Architects.
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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.
  • margaret2

    With all the apartments building built downtown, sugar house, south salt lake, and including in the southern part of the valley. Is there really enough renters? Where are they coming from? Just wondering. The valley is building so many apartment townhouses that are expensive and are they filling up? I guess there are a lot of kids that want to live on their own.

  • Building Salt Lake

    Vacancy rates across the county are around 3 percent, a healthy rental market is around 5 to 6 percent vacancy rate. Many renters are coming from out of state as well as the state’s economy is attracting in-migration.

  • margaret2

    Okay I was just wondering. I know developers can write off bad debt for years. There are building the RDA built on 300 west 600 north that have been there for 10 years empty. The owners don’t care they just write it off. But to build building just to have them sit empty for a write off doesn’t help the area. I hope it lowers the rents in some of the older apartments that way we will have more affordable housing.

  • The Wasatch Front adds about 40-50k people a year (high birthrate, some net migration, and people just wanting to live here). That’s a new Draper every year, and the valleys are almost filled out, so actual house prices are sky rocketing. So there seems to be tons of demand for apartments because of this.

  • Amazed that this project can have ground-level retail while 80-90% of the ones in downtown SLC won’t.