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Phase Two of 352-unit Development Set to Begin

Oct 06, 2016 03:45PM ● By Natalie Mollinet

Boulder Ventures will replace the two Granite warehouse buildings with a planned development of apartments and townhomes. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

By Natalie Mollinet | [email protected]

The Sugarmont Apartments have received project approval. 

On Aug. 24, the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved Boulder Ventures designs for their apartment buildings to be built at the corner of McClelland Street and 2100 South. The two buildings will replace the abandoned Granite Furniture warehouses currently located there. 

The height of the buildings will reach 85 feet with a wraparound three-story parking garage. Overall, the buildings will have 352 units with 460 parking spaces. The project will include townhomes with multi-levels and five floors of residential. 

Phase one of the development began in 2013 with the construction of the Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria with the apartment and townhomes set to begin phase two. 

As with every development being built around Sugar House, parking is a concern for residents. 

“I don’t think there’s enough parking, effectively what you’ll have to do is have parking at Fairmont Park [across the street] and I think that’s wrong,” Sugar House resident George Chapman said during the land use and zoning meeting in July. 

Some members of the planning commission, as well as the community, expressed concern about the lack of retail stores on the street-level floor. Developers have said the area needs more residents to attend the already abundant amount of retail in the area. 

“The project destroys the character of Sugar House which is supposed to be walkable and have ground floor stores,”  

Robert Miller, one of the chief architects of the project, said one of the primary goals of the project was to make it harmonious with Sugar House. 

“We’re very proud to be a part of this project, we think there are a lot of opportunities here for urban design, for creating some interesting streetscapes and create a wonderful apartment building,” Miller said in July. 

Joedy Lister said he really likes the project. 

“Our neighborhood is growing very fast, there’s disappointment from a lot of residents that feel people are building and not being sensitive to quality. They’re throwing stuff up that doesn’t look good, you can tell it’s not cheap,” Lister said. “So I appreciate it and hope [Boulder Ventures] can continue with that level of quality.”

The project is set to include a pedestrian plaza on the southwest corner of the development. Commission members want the area clearly designated as a public walkway. The walkway will connect the plaza to Wilmington Avenue.