Apartments to replace former Motor Pool site

The former Motor Pool site as seen from 300 South. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

Downtown’s residential construction boom continues and another vacant parcel is poised for development.  Developers, Cottonwood Residential, plan to build the Broadway Apartments at the former Motor Pool site at the 300 East block of both 200 and 300 South.

The project will replace a former storage and repair facility for the FBI’s car fleet on a narrow 1.54-acre parcel. The Motor Pool building was constructed in 1967 and has been an office and a vehicle repair and storage facility for the FBI.  The property has been vacant since the bureau stopped storing motor pool cars at the site in November 2012.  In 2016, the U.S. Government began looking for a development partner for the parcels.  In 2017 the government demolished the storage facilities.

The Broadway Apartments will be a mix of six and five stories and will occupy the length of a city block fronting both 200 and 300 South.  The project will have 256 residential units with five floors of wood-framed residential above a two-story parking podium.

The parking garage will have access points at both 200 and 300 South.  The garage will have 245 parking spaces with a parking ratio of 0.96 stalls per one residential unit.  The parking podium will be separated from the street with a lobby at each end.

The developers are going through the planned development process because portions of the building will exceed the height limit under the R-MU (Residential Mixed-Use).  Buildings in the R-MU zone can go up to 75 feet, most of the building will top out at the 75-foot mark but a proposed rooftop amenity parapet will top out at 92 feet, 17 feet over the height limit.

Most of the residential amenities will be at the roof deck level.  Rooftop amenities will include a clubhouse, pool, spa and garden.

The Broadway Apartments is the second recently announced residential development that will replace a long-vacant lot in eastern downtown’s 200 South corridor.  Developers, CW Urban plan to build The Birdie, a proposed six-story residential building that will replace a surface parking lot at the southwest corner of the 200 South and 200 East intersection.

Across the street from the Broadway Apartments is the proposed site of the Violin School Commons development.  The mixed-use project is by Cowboy Properties and Form Development and will include 248 residential units and groundfloor commercial space in three buildings, two new construction and one adaptive reuse on 2.5 acres at the northeast corner of the 300 East and 200 South intersections.  The project will be mixed-income with 111 affordable units and 137 market rate units.  Construction on the first phase should start later this year.

A preliminary rendering of the north face of the Broadway Apartments. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.
A preliminary rendering of the south face of the Broadway Apartments. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.
A preliminary rendering of the east face of the Broadway Apartments. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.
A preliminary rendering of the west face of the Broadway Apartments. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.
The site plan for the Broadway Apartments. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

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