Salt Lake City Selects Local Development Team for Historic Renovation, Affordable Housing Project

Salt Lake City has selected Cowboy Partners/Form Development to redevelop the historic Northwest Pipeline Building site (former Public Safety Building), 315 E. 200 South, following a competitive, community-based selection process.

The City released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for development of the 2.5-acre site in August after an extensive community outreach and education effort.  A total of four qualified proposals were submitted and reviewed by the project’s selection committee, comprised of City and community representatives.

The RFP called for the rehabilitation of the Northwest Pipeline Building and the construction of new buildings designed to provide a mix of market-rate, affordable and permanent supportive housing to help address critical gaps in the City’s housing stock.  

Cowboy Partners/Form Development’s proposal includes the historic renovation of the Northwest Pipeline building and the construction of two new structures that will result in 248 new residential units on the property, including 65 permanent supportive housing units, 28 affordable units for those earning 40-60 percent of the area median income and 155 market rate units.  The proposal also includes 11,200 square feet of neighborhood commercial space and 1,210 square feet of rent-free space for a business that provides employment opportunities for chronically homeless individuals.

“The package put together by Cowboy Partners/Form Development really captures the vision put forth in our Request for Proposals,” said Housing and Neighborhood Development Division Director Mike Akerlow. “This will be a transformative project that effectively incorporates affordable housing units, historic renovation, neighborhood commercial space and even a half-acre of public open space right downtown.”

The Northwest Pipeline Building most recently served as the headquarters for Salt Lake City’s Police and Fire department operations. In 2011, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making a future developer eligible for tax credits to be used toward its rehabilitation. The building is a classic example of International style architecture.