More missing middle coming to Sugar House and East Central

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Rendering of the Downington Avenue Townhomes. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.
Rendering of the southwest corner of the Cynthia Townhomes. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

A wave of missing middle housing appears to be on its way in Salt Lake City.  On Thursday, January 18th, the Salt Lake City Planning Division will feature five different townhome developments in an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. at the City & County Building.

Missing middle housing refers to mid-density housing like duplexes, townhomes, live/work units and courtyard apartments that provide more density than single-family homes but on a smaller scale than mid-rise multifamily developments.

The five projects will add a combined total of 24 homes to the Sugar House and East Central neighborhoods.  There are over 170 townhome units currently under construction in the city with another 170 that could start construction this year.  About half of the townhome units under construction will be for-sale units while about three-fourths of the planned projects would for-sale units.

The city is requesting feedback from residents on the following five townhome projects:

The Cynthia:

Rendering of the northwest corner of the Cynthia Townhomes. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

Developers, CW Urban, plan to build a three-unit townhome project proposed for the 500 South block of 800 East.  The Cynthia will replace a single-family home and 0.22 acres and is one the several townhome projects underway by CW Urban.  As with their other projects like the Ruby, the townhomes will be three stories with a flex space room and two-car garage on the ground floor, kitchen and living area on the second floor and bedrooms on the third floor with second and third story balconies.  The two end units will have two bedrooms (with the flex room as a potential third bedroom) and three and one-half baths.  The middle unit will have three bedrooms and three and one-half baths. The developers are going through the planned development process to allow a lot size of under 3,000 square-feet and for two of the homes to front a private street.

The 700 Horizon:

Rendering of the 700 Horizon Townhomes courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

North Rock Capital wants to build four attached townhomes on the 2400 South block of 700 East.  The townhomes would replace a single-family home on 0.32 acres and will be two stories each.  The units will have a kitchen, living room, office, half bath and garage on the ground floor.  The bedrooms and a bonus room will be on the second.  The middle units will have three bedrooms and two full baths and the end units will have two bedrooms and two baths.  As with the Cynthia, the developers are going through the planned development process to allow three of the units to front a private street.

The Mabel:

Rendering of the Mabel Townhomes. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

Nineteen blocks up 700 East from the 700 Horizon is the site of proposed Mabel development, a six-unit townhome development proposed for the 300 South block of 700 East.  The project is another townhome development by CW Urban and will replace a single-family home and vacant lot on 3.13 acres.  As with the Cynthia, the townhomes will be three stories.   The end units will have four bedrooms with a bedroom, full bath and two-car garage on the ground floor, living space and kitchen on the second and three bedrooms and two full baths on the third floor.  The interior units will have a similar floor plan except the first-floor room will be an office or flex space and the third floor will have two bedrooms.  The developers are going through the planned development process to allow for reduced front and rear yard setbacks and for five of the six units to font a private street.

Downington Avenue Townhouses:

Rendering of the Downington Avenue Townhomes.  Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

Developers, Downington Place, want to build three attached townhomes on 0.28 acres at the southeast corner of the 1300 East and Downington Avenue intersection.  The homes will be three stories a garage on the ground floor, living space on the second and two bedrooms and a study on the third floor.  The homes will be energy efficient with solar panels on the roof.  The developers are requesting a zoning amendment to allow for the increased residential density in the predominantly single-family neighborhood.  Additionally, the developers will go through the planned development process to allow for reduced front yard setbacks.  Unlike the other townhome developments, the Downington Place units will front a public street.

The Markea Townhomes:

Rendering of the Markea Townhomes. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

The Markea will consist of two buildings on the two narrow side streets, Markea Avenue between 200 and 300 South, and Court Street between 800 and 900 East.  The project is by Resonance Development and will include eight units on a 0.27-acre lot and a 0.14-acre lot.  The larger building will front Marke Avenue and will include five, two-story townhomes.  The second building will front Court Street and will consist of three, two-story townhomes.  Both buildings will have the garage, half-bath, kitchen and living room on the ground floor, bedrooms on the second and loft space above the second floor.  The homes fronting Markea Avenue will have three bedrooms and two full baths while the homes on Court Street will have two bedrooms and two full baths.  The developers are going through the planned development process to allow reduced rear yard setbacks and homes that don’t front a public street.

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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.