Mixed-use project underway in South Salt Lake

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Rendering of the Hi-Grades Apartments as seen from West Temple.
Construction of the Hi-Grade Apartments as seen from the intersection of Utopia Avenue and West Temple. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

A sizable mixed-use residential project is underway in downtown South Salt Lake that will bring both market rate and affordable housing units to an area the city is actively trying to develop.  The project, Hi-Grade Apartments will bring 100 residential units, 76 of which will be affordable, to the 2100 South block of West Temple.

The development, between Commonwealth and Utopia Avenues on West Temple, will be five stories and will be directly east of the Shades of Pale Brewing brewery.  The development is by David Blake, formerly with the Giv Development.

Site plan for the Hi-Grade Apartments.

Giv Development has focused its business on developing mixed-income properties, including the completed North Sixth Apartments near North Temple on 600 West and the under-construction North Fourth development on the 300 North block of 600 West.  Additionally, Giv Development will partner with New York-based Domain Companies, to redevelop the Barnes Bank site directly east of Library Square.

The Hi-Grade will be five stories with four floors of wood-framed residential floors above a one-story parking podium.  A fitness center, residential units and 1500 square-feet of retail space will occupy the first-floor podium level fronting West Temple.  The four floors of residential will wrap around a rear courtyard at the second level atop the podium.  A clubhouse and wellness room will occupy the fifth floor.

The majority of the project’s 100 units will be one-bedroom apartments, with three studio and 10 two-bedroom apartments included.

The project will include 88 parking stalls, less than one stall per unit.  The parking podium will consist of 75 stalls with 13 covered surface lot stalls directly west of the podium. The project is less than a block from the Central Pointe TRAX and S-Line Streetcar stations and the high-frequency 21 bus route.  The development will also include secure bike storage.  Parking will be accessed via a mid-block alleyway connected to Commonwealth Avenue.

The Hi-Grade is not only transit adjacent but the project will be a block west from the under-construction Winco Supermarket, on the 2100 South block of Main Street.   The grocery store is part the first phase of The Crossing development that when built out will include the grocer, 277 residential units and new retail space on State Street.

Rendering of the Hi-Grade Apartments as seen from the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and West Temple.
Rendering of the northwest corner of the Hi-Grade Apartments as seen from Commonwealth Avenue.
Rendering of the west face and courtyard of the Hi-Grade Apartments.
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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.

  • I really like this. I still don’t get why all these projects have ground-level retail, when numerous projects in downtown SLC don’t. The council there needs to really reevaluate things.

  • Matt Miller

    Uh, isn’t the site for this (Commonwealth and Utopia) the same as Shades of Pale? Is is to the east of West Temple?

  • Matt Miller

    Some sort of ground floor engagement is required, rather than a blank wall. Most of the new apartments have added ‘gyms’ or ‘offices’ on their main floor as a way to get by. Some really narrow/small retail would not be a bad thing–think of it as a step up from a booth at the farmers market.

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