Three developments moving forward after Council vote

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Rendering of a proposed CVS Pharmacy in Sugar House. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
The site area for the Cornell Street proposed development is highlighted in red. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
The site area for the Cornell Street proposed development is highlighted in red. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.

In a rapid-paced formal meeting on Tuesday, the Salt Lake City Council approved three resolutions related to zoning changes and street closures that will allow three distinctly different projects to move forward.  In each of the three situations, the vote was unanimous.  The proposed developments include a transit-oriented multifamily project, a twin home project and a CVS.

211 to 251 North Cornell Street:

Council approved a zoning map amendment for seven parcels, currently zoned Business Park (BP), located on the 200 North block of Cornell Street.  The parcels will now be zoned Transit Station Area Mixed Use Employment Center Transition (TSA-MUEC-T) which will require the developers to apply for a Transit Station Area development score.

The proposed development is within a quarter mile of a TRAX station (Power Station) on North Temple and is surrounded on all sides by residential uses.

The Council also approved vacating the platted alleys (planned alleys that were never built) directly adjacent to the parcels on Cornell Street as well as a partial street closure of unimproved portions of Stewart Avenue.

The developers, Little Diamond Housing, plan to build a multifamily development that would offer a mix of affordable and market-rate housing.  Both the BP and TSA transition zones allow for building heights up to 60 feet but BP zones do not allow for residential.

Councilman James Rogers, representing District 1 which includes the site location, recused himself from voting.

Victory Road Twinhomes:

The twin homes will be sandwiched between Victory Road and West Capitol Street. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.
The twin homes will be sandwiched between Victory Road and West Capitol Street. Image courtesy Salt Lake City.

After voting in July to send the project back to planning staff.  On Tuesday, the City Council adopted an ordinance that would close and vacate a portion of the 600 North block of West Capitol Street to accommodate construction of the Victory Road Twinhomes, a 14-unit twinhome project between Victory Road and West Capitol Street.

In the approval, Council included an amendment requiring a retaining wall that built on the east side of West Capitol Street have a minimum setback of two feet from the right of way.  The landowners will also be required to landscape and maintain the retaining wall.

The project will include seven buildings consisting of two homes each on the 2.03-acre parcel.  Each home will have a two-car garage and small private driveway.

Sugar House CVS

After nearly a year since first appearing before the City Council, the developers of a proposed CVS Pharmacy in Sugar House finally got the desired rezone of two parcels on the northwest corner of the 1300 East and 2100 South intersection (the site of the Supersonic Car Wash).

On Tuesday, Council approved the rezone from Residential Office (RO) to Community Business (CB).  With the approval, Council included a development agreement with the property owners.  The agreement will require the developers to include two entrances to the pharmacy with one entrance at the southeast corner adjacent to the 2100 South and 1300 East intersection.

Under the agreement, the developers will also need to include enhanced landscape buffers adjacent to the parking lot, a covered waiting area for bus riders and at least one weather-protected bicycle rack.  The developers will also need to widen the sidewalk and limit the parking lot to 44 stalls.

The existing alley that bisects the parcels will remain a public alleyway.  The developers had requested that the city vacate the alley, but abandoned that request after pushback from the city.

Rendering of a proposed CVS Pharmacy in Sugar House. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Rendering of a proposed CVS Pharmacy in Sugar House. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Site plan for the proposed CVS Pharmacy in Sugar House. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
Site plan for the proposed CVS Pharmacy in Sugar House. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.
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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

    Yep that’s what Sugarhouse so badly needed, a CVS Pharmacy four blocks up the hill from the Walgreen’s.
    And an apartment house quite literally inside a mobile home park…

  • Matt Miller

    By ‘Cornell Station’, do you mean ‘Power Station’?

  • Building Salt Lake

    Yes, the station is at the intersection of Cornell and North Temple. The station identifier is fixed to avoid confusion.