Salt Lake City mayor proposes 5 sites for affordable housing apartments

Locations need to be approved by city council

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) -  Mayor Jackie Biskupski has proposed five locations for affordable housing apartments in Salt Lake City.

The draft plan was submitted to Salt Lake City's Redevelopment Agency consisted of the city council. The mayor said the plan would make it possible for those living below the poverty line to move into a unit.

The 5 locations include:

  • The Overniter Motel Redevelopment, 1500 W. North Temple.
  • Capitol Motel Redevelopment, 1749 S. State.
  • A Permanent Supportive Housing, 525 S. 500 West.
  • The Sugarmont Redevelopment, 2234 Highland Drive.
  • The Exchange, 300 East 400 South.

The mayor met with affordable housing advocates Monday morning outside her office.  The group is urging the mayor to get the plan rolling and the mayor said they are all on the same page.  She told advocates the city council needs to vote on the plan.

"Hopefully (we can) break ground in the spring and and start building some of this housing that we need to make sure that when we close the road home that everybody has a place to live," said Mayor Biskupski.

Some of the businesses are already planning to move out.  The manager of the Penske storage facility at 500 West said the city already purchased the building and plans to tear it down.  The owner of the Capitol Motel on State Street said someone already bought the property and they plan to close down the place.  And the store manager of the Bicycle Center along Highland drive said the city already owns the building and they will soon be moving to their new location.

A spokesman for the mayor said the 1,000 housing units could rent out for $600 or less.
The mayor said if the housing units aren't built when the Road Home closes in 2019 then the city and housing advocates need to urge the legislature to extend the closure date.

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