At 255 South State Street, KTGY and Brinshore Development, LLC are creating a mixed-use destination. More than a place to call home, the new community will provide event and art spaces, retail, creative office and affordable housing for the neighborhood. Situated on a prime site in the Downtown Business District of Salt Lake City, the new development, which is anticipated to break ground in summer 2020, will provide much needed affordable and workforce housing invigorating the neighborhood and creating a 24/7 live, work, play, entertain environment.
Two towers create a public paseo from State Street carrying pedestrians from the urban streetscape through a retail and art corridor, into a sweeping outdoor space that will host events. Stadium-style seating caps the paseo and plays a dual function. It creates a place to eat a meal and enjoy the outdoors for both employees of the creative office space, as well as residents, and establishes this corner as the neighborhood gathering place, ideal for concerts. The paseo is activated by the development’s largest tenant, a ground-floor food hall concept, which features large, operable glass walls allowing the dining experience to flow into the public realm. The historic Cramer House connects to the public open space further activating the paseo. The home will be restored and once again utilized as a shopkeeper-style building with a single residential unit on the top floor and a new culinary concept below.
With an emphasis on affordability, designers looked to new construction techniques, exploring options that would assist in reducing the construction time and streamlining the process, creating inherent affordability by design. While the midrise tower will utilize standard construction techniques and materials: wood, concrete and steel, the 14-story high-rise tower will leverage a system by Infinity Structures aimed at shortening the overall construction timeline and achieving more affordable construction costs. Ten levels of Infinity load-bearing, factory-panelized walls sit above a three-level concrete podium to create the framework for the residential units. While new systems and techniques are being brought to market at an increasingly rapid pace, the Infinity system allows for the right amount of design flexibility. The modern façades of both towers combine elegant and contemporary glass and sleek metal with the raw industrial feel of an artist loft community utilizing materials such as galvanized steel, fiber cement rainscreen panels, and brick cladding. The interplay of these materials creates dynamic movement in the façade and sets a backdrop for outdoor art exhibits and neighborhood functions.
Affordability and the mix of unit sizes reflect the desire of the architects, developers and Redevelopment Agency to create a truly diverse community. Split between both towers, the new community at 255 South State Street brings 192 new residential units to the urban core; 152 units are designated affordable, addressing income disparity with units ranging from 20 to 80 percent of area median income. The development provides 122 one-bedroom, 52 two-bedroom, 13 three- and four-bedroom, as well as three at-grade artist live-work spaces which allows the development to appeal to young professional singles and families alike. As a live, work, entertain destination, 255 South State Street is uniquely connected to the surrounding city blocks and beyond. The open-air walk-alley connects the new development to adjacent commercial uses, which include a thriving coffee shop, a record store and neighborhood creative office space. While a primary crosswalk connects 255 South State Street to the light rail stop one block to the west and to the Gallivan Center, a cultural hub that provides entertainment-related uses including a large outdoor grass amphitheater and event space, as well as a public ice skating rink.
Owner | Developer: Brinshore Development, LLC
Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning
Interior Designer: Saint Studio
Landscape Architect: ArcSitio Design
General Contractor: Wadman Corporation
Civil: Anderson Wahlen & Associates
Structural: Fortis Structural
Mechanical | Electrical | Plumbing: Royal Engineering
Apartments | Commercial | Retail
80% Affordable | 20% Market Rate
Density: 169 du/ac
Unit Plan Sizes: 450 – 1,450 sq. ft.
Number of Units: 190 du
Site Area: 1.12 ac
Commercial | Retail: 25,000 sq. ft.
Number of Stories: 8 and 14
Parking: 95 spaces (0.5 sp./unit)
Construction Type: I, III