Commission approves Central 9 Lofts development

Rendering of the Central Ninth Lofts. Image courtesy LandForge Inc
Rendering of the Central Ninth Lofts. Image courtesy LandForge Inc

On Wednesday, the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved zoning modifications for the Central 9 Lofts, a proposed mixed-use development in the Central Ninth neighborhood.

The three-story development, located at the northeast corner of the 900 South and 200 West intersection, will consist of 24 residential units and eight ground floor retail spaces.  The project will have for-sale residential units above the ground floor commercial fronting 900 South and for-sale townhomes running perpendicular to the main building.  The residential units will be a mix of two and three-bedrooms.

Because the townhomes are part of a larger multifamily development, the developers, LandForge Inc., requested a zoning exception needed to allow garage access on an adjacent alley that is typically not allowed for multifamily projects.  The commission approval will allow the developers to have five two-car garages front the alley directly east of the development.

The proposed courtyard terrace of the Central Ninth Lofts as designed by Axis Architects.
The proposed courtyard terrace of the Central Ninth Lofts as designed by Axis Architects.

The project consists of three separate buildings surrounding a terrace courtyard and a parking structure.  Only five townhomes fronting 200 West and the retail along 900 South will have entrances fronting the street.  Most of the units will be accessed from the terrace courtyard that will cover the parking structure.  Parking will be available for both commercial and residential tenants and will be accessed from the alley.

The courtyard will have an entrance on 200 West between the townhomes and the mixed-use building.

The site is currently owned by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake.  Salt Lake City Council members, acting as the RDA Board of Directors, recently approved a term sheet that will allow the developers to purchase the land through a payment deferment of three-fourths of the purchase price until completed units sell.

According to planning documents, the commercial space will be designed to be adaptable in size depending on tenant needs.  Individually the spaces will be 400 to 600 square feet, but tenants can combine spaces.  As with the nearby Central Ninth Market, the commercial spaces are intended for local businesses.

The planning commission also approved an exception to materials and signage requirements that will allow the developers to build a mural on the west-facing side of the building (original renderings show the mural on the east side) and have a vertical sign identifying the building.

The project will be built to LEED Gold standard with construction expected to start spring 2017.

Aerial rendering of the Central Ninth Lofts. Image courtesy LandForge Inc.
Aerial rendering of the Central Ninth Lofts. Image courtesy LandForge Inc.
The west side of the Central Ninth Lofts as designed by Axis Architects.
The west side of the Central Ninth Lofts as designed by Axis Architects.

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