Former Walgreens near North Temple would be replaced by 397 multi-family homes under new plan

Developers plan to add 397 apartment units at 150 N. 900 W. on Salt Lake City's North Temple corridor.

Developers would add 397 housing units in three, six-story apartment buildings in Salt Lake City’s North Temple transit corridor under the latest proposal for the area.

The project would fill a large surface parking lot and replace a former Walgreens on a sprawling, 3-acre parcel at 150 N. 900 W, just north of Rancho Markets. 

The unnamed apartment project would provide a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes and continue filling a queue of ongoing and upcoming projects of all sizes along the transit corridor on the capital’s west side.

“This project is designed to provide living spaces for the ever‐expanding area of Salt Lake City at a low cost but with a fresh and modern look,” the developers, which includes the Minnesota-based Roers Companies, wrote in materials submitted under the city’s transit-area development process.

Developers are in the process of adding thousands of units near North Temple, some of them for-sale, many for-rent, some mixed-use.

This project would bring single-use buildings fronting 900 West and 200 North, with units and a lobby, office and yoga areas on the ground floor, private amenity space on the second level and units of varying sizes throughout.

North Temple has attracted anything from micro units and studios to projects like this that include three-bedroom homes for residents looking to take advantage of the improving walkability and transit options not far from the city’s Downtown.

While areas closest to North Temple have what may be the best walkability west of I-15, these homes would be built in an area that is only somewhat walkable, according to WalkScore. And with its long frontages and lack of community active space on the ground floor, this project will be a taker in the mix.

Developers tease at the potential for converting the ground level to true, community-engaging mixed-use, but renderings show plans for making the ground floor about 8 feet tall, which is considered short for a good retail space. Ceiling heights increase as the building rises.

What it will contribute is space for hundreds more people to live in the center of the neighborhood, and at a time when projects continue to be built along North Temple and the two-block area in any direction off of it from 600 West past Redwood Road.

It will also fill a gaping hole caused by suburban-style retail development and copious surface parking space.

Project Details

Housing

  • One-Bedroom (551-700 square feet): 164
  • Two-Bedroom (772-952 square feet): 140
  • Three-Bedroom (1,027-1,232 square feet): 93

Total Housing Units: 397

Parking

  • 399 standard stalls (including 15 EV stalls)
  • ADA cars: 7 stalls
  • ADA van: 3 stalls
  • Total Private Vehicle Parking: 409
  • Parking/unit ratio: 1.03 cars per housing unit

The project would provide more than one parking space per home, many of the apartments would be large enough for families to live in, at 1,200-square-feet on the higher end.

While North Temple is one of the city’s flatter, more bikeable areas — again, according to WalkScore, which ranks walkability, bikeability and transit density — the buildings would provide space for just 21 bikes.

Residents in the new building would be about a four-minute walk from the nearest TRAX station, Jackson/Euclid. 

The buildings would include a 270-foot ground floor frontage along 900 West and 352-foot frontage along 200 North.

Developers say they plan to break up the immense scale by using different materials to add depth and human scale. 

The project may test the willingness of some residents who have protested housing developments of a similar scale.

Advocates fought to block the similarly sized Kozo apartments three blocks away, on 600 West near 200 North. But this project has key differences, notably the infill nature and lack of displacement of any single-family homes or active businesses.

The developers say they’ve met enough of the requirements to bypass Planning Commission review, as laid out by the ordinance for transit areas in the city. Staff within the Planning Division will review to confirm or dispute the scoring. 

If staff agrees that enough of the requirements have been met, the builders could move much more quickly toward construction.

Construction Details

  • Owners: Roer Companies
  • Architect: JZW Architects
  • Landscape Design: STB Design
  • Engineers: Gilson Engineering

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Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.