Salt Lake City, Utah: The 9th East Lofts at Bennion Plaza Provides Affordable Housing in a Transit-Oriented Development

Date Published: 
June 9th, 2021

From HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research:

The 9th East Lofts at Bennion Plaza is a mixed-income, mixed-use development that opened in 2017 in the East Central neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. Located just around the corner from the 900 East station of the Utah Transit Authority’s TRAX light rail system, the 68-unit, transit-oriented development features bicycle storage as well as electric vehicle charging stations in its 17-space garage to further promote environmentally friendly travel. The ground floor of the six-story building contains three retail storefronts facing Bennion Plaza, a public open space raised above street level to accommodate the underground utilities beneath the approximately half-acre site. In recognition of the 9th East Lofts’ vibrant and desirable design, the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City (HASLC) was honored with a 2019 Award of Excellence in Project Design by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.


The 9th East Lofts apartments are a mix of 57 one-bedroom and 11 two-bedroom units, each with a balcony. Fifty-four units are affordable to tenants earning between 25 and 50 percent of the area median income, and the remaining 14 are rented at market rate. Of the affordable units, 22 are reserved for special populations: 9 for individuals with physical disabilities, 4 for survivors of domestic violence, 4 for veterans, and 5 for individuals transitioning out of homelessness. “The 9th East Lofts are very welcoming,” says Vicci Jenkins, deputy director of property management at HASLC. “We have young professionals, doctors, veterans — it’s accessible to people of all walks of life.”

Read HUD PD&R’s case study “Salt Lake City, Utah: The 9th East Lofts at Bennion Plaza Provides Affordable Housing in a Transit-Oriented Development,” featuring the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City. 

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