Transit-Oriented Development Wraps in Salt Lake City

Urban Alfandre and Garner Batt’s Slate property incorporates unique design elements and features ground-floor retail and coworking spaces.

The KTGY-designed property will offer 150 units, including micro-units and one- and two-bedroom apartments. Image courtesy of KTGY

Urban Alfandre and Garner Batt have completed Slate, a 150-unit mixed-use community offering micro-units in addition to its more traditional one- and two-bedroom apartments. The community is located at 915 Washington St. in Salt Lake City’s growing Central Ninth neighborhood.

KTGY was the lead architecture firm that designed the transit-oriented development, which is geared toward students, young professionals and families. Construction of the five-story property began in May 2021.

An urban infill development, Slate’s developers leveraged underutilized land near transit and city amenities to construct the pedestrian-oriented project. The property, which has ground-floor retail and coworking spaces, is located next to the 900 South TRAX station. Two other UTA TRAX light rail lines are also close by, and bus service is also available. Slate is within walking distance of neighborhood restaurants, shops and bars and near the city’s Central Business District and downtown. The University of Utah is less than 4 miles from Slate, while the Salt Lake City International Airport is about 6 miles away. The airport is accessible via a 30-minute tram ride.

Slate’s studio, one- and two-bedroom floorplans range in size from 346 to 933 square feet. Amenities include a courtyard with a spa, two-level clubhouse and fitness and wellness areas that include a sauna, hot tub and mediation room. The property also has a pet wash and bicycle storage. The property has 58 parking spaces.

Attention to detail

Located on 0.73 acres at the intersection of Washington Street and 900 South, the infill site was an assembly of four parcels and wraps around an existing building where “The Shop” at 227 West is situated. KTGY Principal Nathan Sciarra described the architectural and aesthetic influences for Slate as traditional and industrial in prepared remarks, noting the attention paid to detail, including the building’s intricate brick detailing and corrugated metal siding, balconies and awnings. Murals painted by local artists adorn the sides of the building, softening its scale and giving it a spark of personality, Sciarra added.

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