SH LUZ REPORT 2019 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

SH LUZ REPORT 2019 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

THE AGENDA FOR THE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 LAND USE AND ZONING COMMITTEE IS:
6:00 p.m. A proposal for an Accessory Dwelling Unit at 2651 Imperial Street.  You can find the plans on our website at https://www.sugarhousecouncil.org/adu-accessory-dwelling-unit-2651-e-imperial-street/
6:30 p.m. Discussion about the Millcreek/Salt Lake City boundary changes.  See map here. https://www.sugarhousecouncil.org/the-city-of-millcreek-want-to-annex-the-brickyard-from-salt-lake-city/
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UPDATE TO MILLCREEK CITY AND SALT LAKE CITY BOUNDARY DISCUSSION
You can read about the original proposal that Millcreek proposed on our website here under the original post:  https://www.sugarhousecouncil.org/the-city-of-millcreek-want-to-annex-the-brickyard-from-salt-lake-city/  The Salt Lake City Council will hold a public hearing on a new proposal that incorporates the area bounded by 1300 East, Highland Drive, Miller Avenue and Woodland Avenue, and a roundabout at approximately 2300 East and 2700 South into Millcreek. Both parties have agreed that this and any future potential boundary adjustments will not include the area known as Brickyard Plaza. The SLC City Council public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7 p.m. The City of Millcreek will also hold a public hearing on Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m.
The NEW PLAN can be found here.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB – We have seen some preliminary drawings of a new building that will be built on the tennis courts on Sugarmont, with several play lots and a parking structure on the east.  As soon as I have plans they will be posted on our website.  The current Boys and Girls Club building will remain during construction.  NOTE:  This is all preliminary, it will still have to go through the usual approval processes with Planning Commission and City Council.
ALLEN PARK – You may have heard or read that this parcel was in dispute because the owners died without a will. Several entities bid on the project, Salt Lake City was one of them.  Unfortunately, the city did not get the project.  As we learn more, we will report.  I imagine that it will take some time for any sort of redevelopment plans to come forward.
SALT LAKE COSTUME APARTMENTS This project is almost finished, and a tentative grand opening is scheduled for November 22.  The shelf for the wonderful costume sign is up, and we hope the sign will be up soon.  The neon tube bender is ill and as soon as that can be fixed, the sign will be in place.  We are hopeful by Thanksgiving.
NOTE:  The official name for the building will be SALT LAKE COSTUME APARTMENTS
RMU-30 – The zoning text amendment is working its way through the system, but probably will not be before the City Council until after the first of the year.
1937 S 1200 EAST ZONING MAP AMENDMENT  The applicant wants to rezone a parcel at 1937 S 1200 East from RMF 35 to RMF 45.  He will remove the home on one parcel, and eliminate the parking lot on the other lot, consolidate the two parcels into one, and build a multi-family residential building.  No affordable units are included.  The parking lot is used by tenants up and down the block because street parking is full.  The SHCC  recommended the request be denied.  The Planning Commission denied the request.  City Council had a briefing October 8.  The public hearing before the City Council was Tuesday November 12 at 7 p.m. and the vote to take action will be November 19.
DIXON PLACE CONSTRUCTION  You are probably aware of access issues for pedestrians along  McClelland at the corner of Elm.  Here is an update from Bill Knowles. ” October 25, we met with the Dixon Place Project owner, Alex Lowe, project manager, Dave Johnson, contractor Kier Construction, and utility sub-contractor, Proaxe, to air out on-going issues with the project site in search of solutions.
The largest concern from the City’s perspective was the continued lack of adequate accommodations for pedestrian access on McClellan. Initially a permit to demo the existing sidewalk was mistakenly issued without the issuer aware of a lack of sidewalk across the street to compensate for the loss of the west sidewalk.
When the contractor was informed of the need to provide pedestrian accommodations they were agreeable to work out a solution. However, it was noted that there was soon to be additional work, attaching utilities to the project site, that would further disturb the pedestrian space. It was agreed that a covered walkway, originally unplanned for, would ultimately be installed following the utility connections and that a temporary walkway would be installed in the meantime. Laying asphalt down as a temporary fix proved impractical as the utility work would quickly tear it up again. The alternative, a road base fix, was soon found to be unusable to the disabled or pedestrians with baby strollers, so the contractor was asked to find another solution.
To further complicate matters the owner informed us that, due to a particular sewer connection ordinance, they had been unable to obtain a permit for the final third of a three part utility connection. This effectively delayed them with proceeding with pedestrian access improvements.
In the Friday meeting Scott Weiler was able to contact SLCPU and discuss with them a path for the contractor to request a variance. This process has been completed and the necessary permit has since been issued.
It was then resolved that, though not perfect, the only viable pedestrian solution was to use the existing parking lane on the east side of McClellan for a hard surface walkway while the utility work was being completed, 1-2 weeks. The covered walkway would then be installed on the west side, serving pedestrian needs for the remainder of the project.
The temporary fix for pedestrians would also necessitate a full road closure on McClelland, from Elm Street south, for the 1-2 weeks of utility work. Vehicles would be allowed to enter from the south to reach the Veterinarian Clinic and Scott Clark’s Detail Shop. Parking would also be left intact in front of the detail shop, 3-4 spaces.
With the temporary closure on the east side, approximately 8-10 parking places are lost for up to 2 weeks, then restored. An additional 3-4 parking places on the south side of Elm Street will also be lost for the remainder of the project.
Given the ongoing delays with the Sugarmont Apartment Project directly across the street, earlier thought to be completed long before Dixon Place began, the Lowe Develop Group has been tasked to deal with some difficulties not included or predicted in their original plans. They, and their contractor, Kier Construction, have been consistent in communicating with City Engineering and Transportation Offices in search of workable solutions.
Any impacts to business are never a good thing. In this case a substantial number of people have been engaged in finding a balance between trying to reduce those impacts to a minimum while also trying to create a safe environment for pedestrians and still complete a project that will in fact generate more business.
We will continue to work with the Lowe Development Group, and future project owners, to maintain a workable balance of completing projects while eliminating/minimizing community impacts. “
SUGARMONT APARTMENTS on the corner of McClelland and Sugarmont has stopped construction for a short period of time, but will resume in about a week, I am told. Big D will be the new contractor.  I have seen some activity, so hopefully they will resume work now.
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH   “U HEALTH” opened this week!  The building is fabulous, a great addition to our community.
We are expecting to have the project at2100 East and 2100 Southon our land use agenda, maybe in December.
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Judi Short
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