Salt Lake County is seeking $25 million to provide affordable housing for more than 1,500 people

Funds from federal pandemic assistance will help build or refurbish 1,500 units in Salt Lake City, Millcreek and Midvale.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) New City Plaza Apartments in Salt Lake City, one of more than a dozen affordable housing expected to receive money from Salt Lake County.

Salt Lake County will pump $25 million in federal pandemic rescue funds to maintain or build more than 1,500 affordable homes in Salt Lake City, Millcreek and Midvale.

Borough Mayor Jenny Wilson called housing “a critical lifeline for everyone,” saying this week the move would mean new or refurbished housing for more than 1,500 residents and families, including seniors, low-income earners, those with disabilities and others who may be struggling to find a home.

“The lack of affordable housing,” Wilson said in a statement, “is among the most pressing issues facing our county.”

The grants, for a total of 17 projects, draw on the county’s nearly $1.9 trillion share made available statewide under the COVID-19 Stimulus Act approved by Congress in 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act is known.

The district expects the projects to be completed by the end of 2026.

The announcement came after County Council approved a list of recipients of the one-off money presented by a selection committee that oversees the county’s Housing Trust Fund.

“We at Salt Lake County Council are honored to be partners in this important investment,” County Council Member Laurie Stringham said in the same press release, “and to make a direct difference to those affected by the housing situation.”

The spectrum of apartment and townhouse projects ranges from new buildings and traffic-oriented developments to conversions or renovations of existing office space and other non-residential buildings.

Many of the projects have also received city and state funding. Wilson specifically commended the county’s local governments for what she called “innovative solutions” in reducing costs, increasing funding, reducing regulations and offering incentives to affordable housing developers.

Recipients include:

• Phase one of 515 tower515 E. 100 South in Salt Lake City – A remake of an old 14-story office building for shared workspaces, retail outlets and affordable housing.

9Ten West910 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City – A six-story, transit-oriented development featuring 175 studios and one-bedroom apartments.

Alliance House1805 S. Main, Salt Lake City – A 16 unit apartment complex being constructed as a proposed development on the site of the demolished Main Street Motel.

• Three phases of citizen west509 W. 300 North in Salt Lake City – A transit-oriented, zero-carbon, 80-unit mixed-use development in the Guadalupe neighborhood.

• East 72, 380 E. Fort Union Blvd. in Midvale – replacing 12 duplexes known as Sunset Gardens with a new three-storey, 89-unit apartment complex.

The Howik4101 S. Howick St. in Millcreek – A five story building containing nearly 150 townhouses.

• Two phases of freedom corner1265 S. 300 West in Salt Lake City – Approximately 200 two, three and four bedroom apartments for families.

MODA Griffin Apartments, 380 E. Fort Union Blvd. in Midvale — A 136 unit apartment complex.

The Morrissey4047 S. West Temple in Millcreek – A 64-unit, four-story apartment complex in Meadowbrook Center for low-income seniors.

New City Plaza Apartments1992 p. 200 East and 1966 p. 200 East in Salt Lake City – Renovation of two towers containing 299 residential units for seniors and residents with disabilities.

Platform 15001512 S. 300 West in Salt Lake City – New construction of a 60-unit residential building for low-income families.

project opened 3529 W. 400 North in Salt Lake City – The third phase of a transit-oriented, mixed-use, mixed-income development of 233 apartments and townhouses.

recreation housing project518 E. 600 South in Salt Lake City – Purchase and renovation of 17 housing units for people with substance use and mental health problems.

Silos Affordable515 p. 500 West in Salt Lake City – An affordable housing development planned on 8.5 acres west of the newly developed Post District.

Justin Scaccy

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