Commission approves proposed 400 South Corridor 9-story building

Rendering of the north façade of The Exchange as designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

The Salt Lake City has approved, with conditions, a Planned Development and Conditional Building and Site Design Review for the first phase of The Exchange, a proposed mixed-use development at the 300 East block of 400 South.

The first phase building will consist of a nine-story building with 289 mixed-income units, 15,000-square-feet of ground-floor retail space, rooftop gardens and solar-powered heating and cooling systems.  The first phase building will occupy the southeast corner of the 300 East and 400 South intersections, replacing the former Barnes Bank and Salt Lake Roasting Company buildings.

The developers, Giv Group, went through the planned development process for approvals of a five foot-height exception and modifications of several design standards.

The first phase building will occupy half a city block, with the building’s 400 South street façade taking up 277 feet of the streetscape. To mitigate the building’s scale, the commission members required the developers to break up the design of the building at the street level after 200 feet with either different materials and color palette.  The building’s 400 South street façade will be 277 feet.

The project consists of seven levels of residential above a two-story parking podium, with 238 parking stalls and 51 bike rack spaces.  The podium will include the leasing office, lobby and five ground-floor retail pads with two on 400 South, two on 300 East and one on People’s Way.  The units will be a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, 20 percent of which will be reserved for residents earning up to 50 percent Area Median Income.

The project will have a gym, yoga room, screening room, club room and large outdoor courtyard above the podium level that will overlook People’s Way.  The project will also have a small courtyard on the seventh floor that will overlook 400 South.

Chris Parker of Giv Group told the commission that the affordable units won’t be financed through competitive tax credits because the project’s high-end market units will offset the costs of the affordable units.  The project will receive a non-competitive tax credit.

Because of its proximity to the Library TRAX Station, both buildings in The Exchange development were required to go through the Transit Station Area Development Score Review process.  Despite both buildings scoring above the 125 points needed to avoid a CBSDR with the planning commission, the project will need commission approvals because of proposed building lengths, street frontage and that the proposed height of the nine-story building exceeds the maximum height limit by 5 feet under the TSA-UC-C (Transit Station Area-Urban Center-Core) zoning district.

The second phase building will be five stories with 32,700 square feet of co-working and retail space and 126 micro units, 80 of which will be reserved for residents earning up to 40 and 80 percent Area Median Income (AMI).  On Tuesday the Salt Lake City Council, acting as the Board of Directors of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, approved $3 million in low-interest loans to Giv Group to help fund the second phase building.

Rendering of the southeast corner of The Exchange as designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.
The landscaping and site plane for The Exchange as designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

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