The Missing Middle Is Expanding in East Central

The Missing Middle Is Expanding in East Central

By: Isaac Riddle

Diagram of the missing middle.  Image courtesy Opticos Design Inc.

Building density has become controversial in historic neighborhoods like East Central that include a mix of mid-rise condo towers and low density residential.  In June the Planning Commission deemed a proposed 104-unit, five story residential development inappropriate for the neighborhood on 900 East near South Temple.

Developers had described their project as the type of missing middle project that they neighborhood needs.  Several members of the Commission openly refuted that description.  The proposed 900 East project may not be adding more of the missing middle to East Central, but several missing middle projects are already in development in East Central.

Construction is underway on the City View on 7th, a townhome project on the 100 South block of 700 East.  The development, by David Weekley Homes, will consist of three attached townhomes that will be between 2,348 and 2,384 square feet.

Another three-unit townhome project is is development a block to the east of the City View on 7th. Construction will soon start on the Tag Townhomes proposed for 800 East between South Temple and 100 South.

On July 13, the Planning Commission approved a planned development request by the developer, the Tag SLC, that will allow for a lot width reduction and for two of the units to front a private street.  The project will replace two adjacent lots.  A single family home sits on one of the lots while the other is vacant.  The single family home will be demolished to make way for the townhomes.

According to planning documents, each townhome will be three stories with around 3,000 square feet of living space and will include a two-car garage.  The homes will be built with a predominantly brick exterior and a corrugated metal panel.

Just two blocks south of the City View on the 7th is the site of the proposed Townes at Seventh Street, a seven-unit townhome project on the 300 South block of 700 East.   The Planning Commission unanimously approved front and rear yard setbacks for the development in its April 13 meeting.  As with the Tag project, the homes will have a predominantly brick exterior and will replace a vacant parcel and a parcel with a single family home.  All but one of the townhomes will front a private driveway.

Framing is underway on the City View on 7th townhomes. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

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