Mixed-use project proposed along the S-Line

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Rendering of the Ritz Classic Apartments looking from 200 East. Image courtesy of Think Architects.
Rendering of the Ritz Classic Apartments. Image courtesy of Think Architects.
Rendering of the Ritz Classic Apartments. Image courtesy of Think Architects.

The S-Line streetcar has spurred over $400 million of development in the Sugar House Business District surrounding the terminus of the streetcar line.  Now nearly two years since the streetcar officially opened, economic development brought by the S-Line has reached South Salt Lake.  ICO Multi Family Holdings, plan to build the Ritz Classic Apartments, a five-story 287-unit mixed-use residential development at the 2200 South block of State Street.

The block-wide development is part of the East Streetcar Neighborhood Zone and would front both State Street and 200 East.  The entire north side of the project will front the S-Line streetcar and greenway.

The project occupies 4.11 acres and replaces the historic Ritz Bowling Alley that closed earlier this year after its owners declared bankruptcy.  The Ritz opened in 1958 and is known for its neon bowling pin sign visible from both State Street and Interstate 80.  Developers have promised to preserve the iconic sign.

The development will engage both the S-Line and 200 East but will connect to State Street via a small private street.  The project will include enhancements to S-Line greenway along the projects north side.  The development will have a 20-foot setback from the S-Line and a 5-foot setback from 200 East.

Similarly to the new townhomes built on the S-Line, the Ritz Classic will have residential entrances fronting the streetcar. The project will also include storefront space along 200 East and at the intersection of the S-Line and 200 East.  Under the Form Based Code (FBC) for projects in the East Streetcar corridor, projects along the S-Line must have an entrance for every 75 feet fronting the streetcar.  The Ritz Classic Apartments will have four residential entrances and two retail-storefront entrances fronting the streetcar line.

The development will consist of four floors of residential above a ground floor parking podium with 314 covered stalls.  The residential units will be market-rate and include a mix of one and two bedroom apartments.  The interior residential units will open to two central courtyards above the parking podium.

The project will be significantly taller than the adjacent buildings.  The development is one of the several mid-rise projects in the works for South Salt Lake’s downtown area.  The City plans to build up its downtown in the area between West Temple and 200 East south of 2100 South.  The downtown area has two streetcar stations and a TRAX station.  The neighborhood is currently dominated by light industrial and fast food restaurants.

The Ritz Classic Apartments were designed by Think Architecture.  The development’s exterior materials will include a brick veneer along the first two floors and cementitious fiberboard with stucco accents on the corners.  Under the FBC the neighborhood, stucco can not exceed 20 percent of a project’s façade.

The project’s amenities include: a S-Line corner plaza, elevated lap swimming pool, outdoor common area including dining and kitchen facilities, two hot tubs, dog park, pet salon, conference rooms, Internet café, sports lounge, club room, internal secured bicycle storage with maintenance stations and dedicated parking for electric vehicles.

Rendering of the Ritz Classic Apartments. Image courtesy of Think Architects.
Rendering of the Ritz Classic Apartments. Image courtesy of Think Architects.
Rendering of the Ritz Classic Apartments. The project includes two second-floor courtyards. Image courtesy of Think Architects.
Rendering of the Ritz Classic Apartments. The project includes two second-floor courtyards. Image courtesy of Think Architects.
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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.