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 600 Lofts:
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