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Old Posted Oct 4, 2019, 4:42 AM
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https://www.deseret.com/utah/2019/9/...nsington-tower

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City is poised to get another addition to its already fast-growing skyline — and this high-rise would shatter the city’s height record.

If approved, it will replace Carl’s Jr. restaurant at 75 E. 200 South.

Towering at a total of 448 feet with 39 floors of luxury apartments, the proposed Kensington Tower at the corner of State Street and 200 South will bring Salt Lake City and Utah to new building heights if it wins approval from city officials.

“It will be the tallest building not just in Salt Lake, but the entire state,” said Molly Robinson, planning manager in the city’s planning division. “That’s pretty exciting. And the fact that it’s almost fully residential is even more amazing.”

Robinson said even city planners were “surprised” to see the proposed height, not knowing the developers — Boston-based Kensington Investment Company Inc. and architect HKS Inc. — would be so ambitious to reach for new heights with a residential building.

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Oh geez, a Kensington?! I certainly hope this turns out substantially better than the piece of crap they built in Boston! It's a top nominee for my city's worst high-rise of the decade! The SLC one has better proportions at least. Boston's also has terrible quality/color glass, and the siding resembles soggy cardboard. The crown is probably the worst in the whole city. Let's hope they have learned A LOT considering this would be SLC's new tallest building!

Pics of Boston's:
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https://b386363e680359b5cc19-97ec114...90de13dbe8.jpg

https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur....e-boston06.jpg
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I'm excited to see this one move forward. The news has been good lately with the planning commission approving the height requests.

More info and renderings here
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But of a bummer that it’s not set to begin for at least a year.
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But of a bummer that it’s not set to begin for at least a year.
I think it has something to do with the Carl's Jr. lease not expiring until the end of next year.
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This is the site, taken today. Definitely a prime spot for a tower.

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We received word that ground breaking was delayed due to the pandemic, but is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021.
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A lot of towers in the works lately. Excited for this one to get started. I guess it will be the new tallest, but still in that 450 ft. range. It's only a matter of time before Salt Lake moves into the 500-600 ft. category.
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New renderings of this beauty! Groundbreaking is on track for next summer!

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300,000 SF
377 units
39 total stories + roof terrace
Estimated groundbreaking—Summer 2021
Estimated completion—Fall 2024.
Owner, Developer—Kensington Investment Company
Architect—HKS Architects
GC—Jacobsen Construction

High-rise architects are asked to provide high-density spaces that address environmental sustainability, amenity, and resiliency concerns.
In an era of urban renaissance, downtown developments are challenged to do more with less. In addition to providing high-density, amenity-rich housing, high-rise architects must minimize the carbon footprint of their projects while also designing for resiliency.

“Air quality is the threat that affects us [in Salt Lake City]—we do whatever we can to reduce the carbon footprint,”

Kensington Tower, the 600,000 SF, 40-story residential building currently in design that will be located at the corner of State Street and 200 South.

March’s earthquake reinforced this idea of sustainability, building upon a concept that HKS was already exploring with Kensington Tower, namely Performance-based Design. “We are doing site-specific seismic design instead of following prescriptive code requirements. We’re looking at the soil that the building will be on and designing to a maximum credible earthquake and customizing the structural design to meet that.”






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Quite nice! It's got some nice contextual design nods to its surroundings.
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I wonder if Kensington will be a ‘notable’ tallest ? I know that Wells Fargo is technically taller than LDS, but the latter appears taller due to elevation ?
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I wonder if Kensington will be a ‘notable’ tallest ? I know that Wells Fargo is technically taller than LDS, but the latter appears taller due to elevation ?
Because of Salt Lake City being built on the mountain, the further south you go, the lower your elevation.

Because of this, even at nearly 450', Kensington Tower will not look like the tallest. It might not even look like it is in the top 3.

Even at this location, it would take a tower around 500' to appear to be the tallest from most directions.
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I did this little bit of analysis awhile back. It's not authoritative but it should be a pretty good guess.
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According to this tool, the elevations of SLC's towers are:
  • Kensington: 4291.3 ft (448 ft tall)
  • Wells Fargo: 4281.5 ft (422 ft tall)
  • LDS COB: 4347.1 ft (420 ft tall)
  • 95 State: 4311.0 ft (393 ft tall)
  • 111 Main: 4304.5 ft (385 ft tall)

Adjusted for elevation, the ranking (height above geoid) would therefore be:
  1. LDS COB: 4767.1 ft
  2. Kensington: 4739.3 ft
  3. 95 State: 4704.0 ft
  4. Wells Fargo: 4703.25 ft
  5. 111 Main: 4689.5 ft

So the COB may still look taller than Kensington.
Also, there's this visualization of our future skyline from a recent article that might be informative:



It's worth mentioning that this is missing a few significant tower projects too, including the 32+ story Utah Theater Tower, the 28 story South West Temple tower, the rumored 20-30 story 450 S Main tower, and the rumored 20-30 story Tavernacle Tower.
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Thanks guys. Happy about Kensington. And come on future 500-footer!
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Even more new Kensington Tower renderings from u/SLC_Dev on r/DevelopmentSLC:







(remove the "h" before ".jpg" for full size)
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A demolition permit for Carl's has been filed in Accela.
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A summary of today's developments:
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Looks like there was more to finish. Was told demo of the Carl's Jr. will begin at 7:00 AM on Monday morning.
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Now there is a backhoe staged on the parking lot at Kensington.
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Kensington files a site development permit. https://citizenportal.slcgov.com/Cit...howInspection=
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The scope of work for this site development permit consists of public and private utility work and associated infrastructure in the public right of way, as well as the installation of shoring, for a 372 unit, mixed-use, high-rise apartment building.
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Still 448’ ?
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