Light rail fu­els boom

Antelope Valley Press - - Business -

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.

As­so­ci­ated Press

Hawthorne Town­homes is a new 220-unit res­i­den­tial project on West Tem­ple and 2852 South in Salt Lake City, seen Dec. 17.

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