HLC approves updated West Capitol townhome project

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Rendering of the Almond Street Townhomes as would be seen from West Temple. Rendering by Think Architecture. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.
The sloped 1.39 acre lot near 200 North and West Temple is the site of the proposed Almond Street Townhomes. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The sloped 1.39 acre lot near 200 North and West Temple is the site of the proposed Almond Street Townhomes. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

Although it has taken a few years to get started, the Almond Street Townhomes, a proposed development at the 200 North block of Almond Street, is quickly moving forward.  Construction has started on the first two phases, consisting of nine units, of the proposed 17-unit, for-sale townhome project.  Before framing has even begun on the on the initial phase, the project’s developers, Garbett Homes are moving forward with the final phases of the development.

During its August meeting, the Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) approved a construction request for the third phase of the Almond Street Townhomes.  The third phases consists of eight townhomes planned for the southwest corner of the lot fronting West Temple.  The project is located in the Capitol Hill Historic District.

The HLC had approved a different version of the development in 2014.  At that time, Garbett planned to build a 20-unit condominium building on the southwest corner instead of the townhomes.

That same year the City Council approved a legislative action that amended a zoning amendment and development agreement that the Council had approved in 1997 with a different developer.  Council’s action allowed the developers to build the 20-unit condominium building and reduce the parking requirements.

The Council also approved a partial street closure of the eastern portion of West Temple before it intersects with 300 North.  The closed portion will become a landscaped median that will include eight on street parallel parking stalls and pedestrian walkways connecting West Temple to both 300 North and Almond Street.

The project will consist of four buildings with a mix of three to five units per building.  Three of the buildings will front West Temple while the fourth will front Almond Street.  The homes will be energy efficient, include a two car garage and range in size from 1,295 square feet to 2,338 square feet and in cost from $424,990 to $674,990.

According to the developer’s website four townhomes have been pre-sold.

The architects for the project, Think Architecture, also designed the nearby the Marmalade Townhomes, a proposed 12-townhome development directly east of Marmalade Branch on the 200 West block of 500 North.

Garbett is actively developing in Salt Lake with four projects at various stages of development.  Earlier this year, the Planning Commission approved Garbett plans to build the McClelland Enclave, a six unit residential project on the 500 South block of McClelland Street.  The Enclave will consist energy efficient, single family detached homes.

The developer will soon start construction on the Hardison Apartments, a four-story, 77-unit project at the intersection of 500 East and South Temple.  Construction is winding down on the 360 Apartments, a six-floor 151-unit project directly west of Pioneer Park.

Updated site plan for the Almond Street Townhomes. Image courtesy Salt Lake City records.
Updated site plan for the Almond Street Townhomes. Image courtesy Salt Lake City records.
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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.