In Pictures: Transit adjacent affordable housing underway

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The 900 East Lofts at Bennion Plaza as seen from 900 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

While city officials are working to avoid clustering new affordable housing on the city’s westside, two affordable housing projects are under construction east of the freeway in the downtown and East Central neighborhoods.  The projects that will add a combined 342 affordable housing units to the market and will provide needed affordable housing near light rail and high-frequency bus routes (buses routes that run in at least 15-minute intervals).  The projects: the 9th East Lofts at Bennion Plaza and the 616 Lofts will primarily provide workforce units, housing reserved for residents earning between 60 to 80 percent AMI (Area Median Income).  According to the 2015 income tables for Salt Lake County, to qualify for workforce housing a resident would need to earn between $30,000 to $40,000 a year.

The 9th East Lofts is nearly finished.  The project consists of 68 units, ground floor retail and a pedestrian plaza on the 400 South block of 900 East. The 9th East Lofts is just several yards away from the 900 East TRAX station and is directly adjacent to the 209 bus route, a high-frequency route that runs north-south on 900 East before taking South Temple to Downtown.

The 600 Lofts (formally referred to as the 616 Lofts) will be six-stories with 274 units on the 600 South block of State Street.  The development is just over a block from the Courthouse TRAX station and directly along the 200 bus route, a high-frequency route that runs north-south and State Street, and is just over a block from the Courthouse TRAX Stations.

The 900 East Lofts at Bennion Plaza:

The 900 East Lofts at Bennion Plaza as seen from 900 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The ground floor commercial space will open to a small plaza as seen from 900 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northeast corner of the 900 East Lofts at Bennion Plaza as seen from 900 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northeast corner of the 900 East Lofts at Bennion Plaza as seen from 900 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The north face of the 900 East Lofts at Bennion Plaza. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northwest corner of the 900 East Lofts at Bennion Plaza. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The west face of the 900 East Lofts at Bennion Plaza as seen from 800 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

The 600 Lofts:

The south face of the 600 Lofts as seen from State Street and 700 South. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the 600 Lofts as seen from State Street and 700 South. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the 600 Lofts as seen from State Street and 700 South. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

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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.
  • Newcastle

    Does the 900 East Lofts at Bennion Plaza have any parking at all?

  • 900 East Lofts look really nice. What a difference brick makes.

  • Matt Miller

    Is there a name for the style of the building? The ‘intersecting cubes’ and extruded volumes of digital design?