Light rail fuels boom
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) — The light rail line that cuts through the suburb of South Salt Lake has fueled a residential housing boom in the last four years.
More than 2,800 apartments, town houses and other homes have been built near TRAX lines and stations since 2015, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The city of 25,000 residents stretches over just seven square miles.
Next on the horizon is a major new development in South Salt Lake’s center that is expected to include a six-story office tower and a 10-story apartment building. The $285 million project, which broke ground in October, will also include a hotel, stores, offices and a parking garage for 800 vehicles.
“This is so clearly not the South Salt Lake I grew up in,” said Mayor Cherie Wood, a lifelong resident.
The city’s building boom is a prime example of how many Utah cities are trying to surround public transit lines with high-density apartment complexes, town houses and retail developments to encourage residents to leave their cars at home and reduce air pollution. The housing developments can also offer affordable housing options.
Hawthorne Townhomes is a new 220-unit residential project on West Temple and 2852 South in Salt Lake City, seen Dec. 17.