Solar Gardens is a mixed-use facility with 10,000 SF of commercial spaces and 30 residential units affordable for under 80% of AMI.
Solar Gardens mitigated a former Brownfield site to build the 1st net-zero mixed-use project with onsite solar production in UT. The project also supported the growth of small businesses, nonprofits, and artists and brought new residents to the community who are supporting the surrounding locally owned and operated businesses.
Artspace Greenery is a net-zero energy project with solar panels on the building's roof, awnings, and adjacent solar structure. The building includes community gardens, street level commercial spaces for artist studios, office and retail, and a cafe run by Volunteers of America, Utah.
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The historic Tribune Building, located on Main Street in downtown SLC, was rehabilitated for the tenant, Neumont University (NU), to move from their suburban location to this downtown community where they are providing educational and career opportunities.
The new facility provided NU with 44,070 SF of classrooms, administrative offices, support services, and 42 student housing units. The move allowed NU to add 150 students, increasing its attendance to 400 while increasing the density of the community and helping support local businesses.
Guadalupe School is the only program in UT providing a continuum of services for 12 years, from birth through 6th grade. The families served are 94% ethnically diverse, 100% in poverty and 5% homeless.
The new school has allowed Guadalupe to serve more than 320 additional low income children and families and extend its program from 4th grade up to 6th grade.
Hope Lodge is a no-fee lodging facility serving patients receiving cancer treatment services in SLC. The 66,476 SF facility includes 42 residential suites to serve over 800 patients annually. Overnight accommodations are available to anyone living more than 50 miles from SLC. Hope Lodge also offers a community and cancer resource center, healing garden, common kitchen, laundry, computer center, and offices for all local American Cancer Society and volunteer efforts.
Each year, over 4,500 people travel to Salt Lake City for treatment. The journey facing someone diagnosed with cancer can be a long and costly one which significantly impacts patients and families physically, financially, and emotionally. Hope Lodge is addressing the unequal burden that cancer patients experience within low income and medically underserved populations.
Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre celebrated its opening night in July of 2016. The 89,267 SF performing arts facility is part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center on the Southern Utah University campus, and is the only arts center located in non-metro Cedar City, Utah.
The Tony Award-winning Festival is the economic and cultural anchor in Cedar City, a community of just over 30,000 people. With an annual audience of over 140,000, 35% from out of state, the Festival generates an annual direct economic impact of over $35M. The new theater increased capacity by 25%, adding an estimated additional $8M in economic impact.
South Salt Lake Head Start
Salt Lake Community Action Program’s (SLCAP) 13,080 SF Head Start facility in South Salt Lake opened in 2014 to serve preschool age children living in poverty.
This new facility, the only free, comprehensive preschool program in the community, has 4 classrooms, medical and dental clinics, and a commercial kitchen providing healthy food for the community and job training for Head Start parents. In South Salt Lake, 85% of children come from families at or near the poverty level.
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Kearns Head Start
Utah Community Action's (UCA) Kearns project supports the revitalization of an economically distressed community with the new 16,000 sf facility in Kearns, Utah. The facility houses Head Start classrooms, medical and dental exam rooms, as well as multipurpose space and office space for UCA’s Housing Case Management and HEAT programs.
UCA provides two healthy meals a day to all children enrolled in the early childhood education program, along with food and nutrition-related education programs, and also offers certain services to adults within the community.
Macaroni Flats is the historic rehabilitation of the Western Macaroni Manufacturing Company warehouse originally built in 1900.
The project opened in December 2016 and includes 13 residential one and two bedroom apartments and 8 street-level commercial spaces for artists and small businesses.
Homeless Youth Resource Center & Shelter
Volunteers of America’s (VOA) homeless youth resource center and shelter, the first of its kind in Utah, opened its doors in May of 2016. Open 24/7, the 18,756 SF facility is a drop-in resource center and overnight emergency shelter providing essential basic needs items such as three hot meals a day, pantry food, showers and laundry for at-risk and homeless youth ages 15-22.
In addition to meeting basic needs of food and shelter, the new center offers dental and medical care assistance and access to mental health services on-site. Youth self-sufficiency is also provided through educational, counseling, housing and employment services to help youth gain stability to avoid becoming homeless adults.
Salt Lake County Downtown Public Health Clinic
Salt Lake County's newly constructed public health clinic is a two-story building which provides over 50,000 square feet of modern, efficient and attractive clinic and office space. The new facility is home to the following essential health services: Epidemiology; HIV; Immunizations; Infectious Disease; Medicaid; STD; Tuberculosis; Vital Records and WIC.
The new flagship facility also houses Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), a nonprofit federally qualified health clinic, with 99% of their clients below 200% of the federal poverty level. The co-location of the Public Health Center and CHC services in one central facility is key to providing convenient, accessible resources to the low income and uninsured members of the community.
Neighborhood House has more than 125 years' legacy of nurturing and educating at-risk children and helping families with aging and disabled adults. Services offered are on a sliding scale and provide vital support for low-income families. The families of children served are 81% ethnically diverse, 94% in poverty, and 6% homeless. The adults served are 15% ethnically diverse and 68% are below the median income level.
The new 57,000 foot child and adult daycare center, combines the two populations into one building. The new center allows more efficient energy use, sharing of common spaces, and allows for more intergenerational activities.
In 2020, Salt Lake County constructed a state-of-the-art library in Kearns, Utah, an economically distressed community in Salt Lake County. The new 35,000 square foot building is triple the size of the old library and provides modern, efficient space resulting in the expansion of the library’s existing services; early learning programs, the Kids Café program, student library cards, Spanish-speaking services, business and entrepreneurial support, and digital inclusive communities. The building achieves LEED Gold certification, with a solar array on the roof and ground source heat pump system below the parking and a pedestrian plaza.
The larger facility includes expanded meeting space, free co-working space, maker space with a technology classroom, and a business center. A commercial kitchen and dedicated café space allows for the expansion of Kids Café program which provides healthy after school meals to low-income children in conjunction with education and enrichment programming.
Since 1968, EnableUtah has been providing jobs, skilled training, and employment solutions to people with intellectual disabilities in Ogden and Weber County. In 2020 they completed a new 68,000 square foot facility in an economically-distressed redevelopment area in Ogden, Utah. Their new building combines their current day enrichment program and employment services under one roof in a location that better integrates their clients into the community. The project includes warehouse space, a shredding facility, woodshop and loading docks for their business enterprises, along with a lobby, training room, library, enrichment program space, staff offices, kitchen and cafeteria.
Arroyo Crossing is a 41-acre Community Land Trust subdivision just south of Moab in non-metro Grand County, Utah. The Moab area is a popular outdoor tourism destination and is experiencing a severe affordable housing crisis which constrains their local economy. The undeveloped site was donated to the nonprofit Moab Area Community Land Trust by a generous private donor and the Land Trust received approval for the eventual development of 300 affordable housing units and three “community buildings” (non-residential buildings with neighborhood-serving uses such as daycare). The overall unit mix will include single-family homes, duplexes, townhomes, cottages and apartment buildings, with both rental and ownership opportunities. CDFA’s New Markets Tax Credit financing was used to construct the subdivision infrastructure; streets, sidewalks, drainage improvements and utilities. With infrastructure completed, developers lease available parcels from a Land Trust affiliate, build the housing units, then either sell or lease them at rates affordable to local households with incomes between 30% and 120% of the County’s median income. The Land Trust model ensures that housing will remain affordable in perpetuity.
Utah State University, Moab Campus Academic Building
On a scenic plateau just a few miles west of Moab, Utah, Utah State University is building their newest rural campus. Construction started in late 2020 on the first building; a 22,120 square foot facility which will house 11 large, medium and small classrooms, 6 laboratories, a testing center, faculty and graduate student offices, a large conference room, break/work rooms, open study space, and student common areas. Parking for 67 cars is also included in this first phase. Student capacity for just this first phase is estimated at 300.
The project aims to improve local participation in higher education (which has historically been low in this remote region) by providing regionally relevant degree opportunities, as well as career and technical education certificates and apprenticeship programs. The project enjoys strong support from both the City of Moab and Grand County, who contributed an $1.8 million towards the access road and utility infrastructure to the site.
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