Alfandre, Gardner Batt Break Ground on Salt Lake City Mixed-Use Project

The 150-unit Slate is expected to complete construction by the end of 2022.
Slate. Rendering courtesy of KTGY Architecture and Planning

Developers Urban Alfandre and Gardner Batt have begun construction on a transit-oriented community that offers micro-units in downtown Salt Lake City.

The 150-unit Slate was designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning and is expected to complete construction by the end of 2022.

The five-story community offers studio, one- and two-bedroom units that range in size from 346 to 934 square feet. According to KTGY, the units were designed to accommodate the needs of young professionals.

Slate’s amenities include a courtyard, spa, clubhouse, fitness and wellness area and a co-working office space on the ground floor. The community is also being built with 3,530 square feet of ground-level restaurant and commercial space.

Located at 900 S. 300 W., Slate is being built on a 0.7-acre site that was created by assembling four nearby parcels. The transit-oriented community will be located next to the Central Ninth Trax station that gives residents access to the city’s three UTA Trax light rail lines and a bus route.

MICRO-UNITS MAKING BIG WAVES

Nathan Sciarra, principal at KTGY’s Denver office, told Multi-Housing News that micro-units are becoming more popular in new developments as cities and developers try to build more attainable housing.

“Smaller unit sizes help bring down the overall rent,” Sciarra told MHN. “The key to the success of a micro-unit is being able to offer something outside of the unit, either being in a desirable location or an extensive amenity package.”

Sciarra also told MHN that KTGY has incorporated micro-units in several other projects. Nearby in downtown Salt Lake City, KTGY is also working with Brinshore Development on a 190-unit mixed-income community that includes units starting at 450 square feet.