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Community Partners Focus on Jordan River Parkway Trail and North Temple

IMG_2187The University Neighborhood Partnership (UNP) West Side Studio has worked alongside the neighborhoods for years and has listened to many ideas and hopes for our community. Fairpark Community Council Board Members and the UNP joined together to explore ideas and opinions from people who live in the area. These people are the treasure of the neighborhood, and their voices will help facilitate the best plan forward regarding connections between the Jordan River Parkway and North Temple.

Three topical areas were the focus of discussion in the groups, led by Community Council leaders and facilitated by University of Utah students. Two areas involved three focus groups from Fairpark:

1) Improving/enhancing bikability/walkability (e.g. explore adding bike sharing stations at various points along the river and/or at the North Temple/Parkway intersection)

2) Inform planning for signage and wayfinding along the river (e.g. explore preferred content, languages, look, etc.)
Focus groups met in March at various locations.  The outcomes of the ideas generated by these meetings will be presented on May 4, 2016 at 3:30pm at the Northwest Community Center. All are welcome!

Pedal in the City: Bike Commuting ~ One of the Best Ways to Stay Healthy

Working out at the gym has its benefits, but consider something that might bring more enjoyment along with those health benefits: Bike commuting.pedalcity

A 2013 article in Grist Magazine by Jay Walljasper discusses the health benefits of bike commuting.

“Biking for transportation appears more helpful in losing weight and promoting health than working out at the gym.

This means I can spend less time wearing a grimace as I endure mind-numbing exercise routines at the Y — and more time wearing a smile as I bike to work, shopping, and social events. Just what I always thought.”

Citing a study on commuting by bike vs. car, Walljasper highlights the fact that exercise for transportation my have better health benefits than weekly exercise routines. Continue reading

The Fairpark Community Real Estate Update

Well, you may have heard, real estate is booming, and has been for quite some time now. We have more qualified buyers than we have inventory to sell, thus the new construction boom has blossomed all over the valley. We have recovered from the worst of the recession, prices have come back up, and here’s the rub: interest rates are still at all-time lows, so with today’s rates (about 4%), at 2007 list prices, buyers can still purchase approximately 30% more home than they could 8 years ago when rates were hovering around 6%. That is a significant advantage.sold

Home owners are now out from under their mortgages with enough room to sell, and buyers have been busily picking up all the decent inventory for several years now. In our Fairpark Community boundaries, we currently have 8 active listings, 6 under contract, 41 homes have sold in the last six months with the top sales price at $269k. In fact, we’ve had 15 homes sell in the past 12 months with sales prices over $200k. Days on market for new listings are currently less than 30 days, and very often, it’s only matter of hours for many homes with multiple offers before going under contract. To say this is a hot market is an understatement.

If you find that your home is not selling, here’s the not-so-secret industry tip: it’s price or condition – and both can be remedied with a price reduction or repairs. It’s very simple. The buyers are speaking loud and clear – they are savvy to the market changes and they know the inventory. Don’t bank on the one buyer who “might” come along and pay you full price – if your home is sitting on the market and not producing an offer, meet with your Realtor and put a game plan together. There is not much worse for your home value than sitting on an over-priced listing for several months. Buyers become anxious that your home has problems and then it becomes stigmatized – everyone remembers “that” house….the one that sat listed for 3 years, etc. Don’t let that be your strategy. Be intent to sell, work with a knowledgeable Realtor, and price your home to move it. No wishful thinking or magical fairy dust will sell an overpriced listing, not even in a sizzling market.

The Fairpark Community is the place to be! We have an extraordinary quality of life, we have fantastic freeway access, and we’re close to everything. So get out and enjoy the trails, the sunshine and our beautiful city – we are so very lucky to live here!!

Brook Bernier is a Fairpark Community resident, Council Board member and is a real estate agent. Brook can be reached at brookbernier at gmail dot com.

SLC Transit Master Plan

As Councilman Lamalfa mentioned in the May Community,Council meeting, Salt Lake City is currently working on developing a SLC Transit Master Plan (TMP). The TMP is a city effort to document SLC’s short, medium and long-term public transportation needs, goals, and implementation strategies to improve transit. The Plan will include an in-depth analysis of how people are traveling today,
the strengths and weaknesses of the current mass transit system, and projections for future growth to identify a network of corridors for investment. A survey effort will be conducted in Summer of 2015. For more information, visit slcrides.org

Summer Crime Prevention in Fairpark

As the temperatures begin to rise, so does the opportunity for criminals to commit memb1 acts against Fairpark. Protecting our neighborhood is very important, so
we wanted to provide you with some tips and resources for keeping you, your family and your property safe this summer. Did you know that you can research crime in your area through the Salt Lake City Crime Statistic page? http://slcpd.com/crimes-tatistics/ From this site, you can search crime data going back to 2009 in order to see the ebb and flow of criminal activity and other public safety issues based on data contained in the department’s records. Use the crime map to view the latest incidents near you.  You may also choose toreceive email crime alerts to stay informed and help improve the safety of our neighborhood and community.

To reduce our neighborhood’s crime rate, it’s important to get to know your neighbors, or come to meet our Community Intelligence Officer at our monthly Community Council meeting.

Did you know that the SLPD has a special unit devoted to grass-roots problem-solving within our community? The Community Intelligence Unit has 8 officers who attend monthly community council meetings within the City’s 7 Council Districts. While CIU officers share and receive a lot of information at these meetings, it is daily interaction with residents that fosters the trust necessary to tackle public safety issues together.

If you notice a problem on your street – from graffiti to loud parties, drug dealers to gangs – our CIU officer is ready to connect you with the law enforcement and community resources necessary to address the issue. Feel free to contact him directly. For District 2, Detective Dustin Marshall can be reached through email at district1@slcgov.com or by phone at 801-799-3626.

Here are some specific tips to help keep your home safe this summer. Continue reading

Pioneer Park Coalition: Trouble Brewing

The Salt Lake Tribune has published an article on the Pioneer Park Coalition’s troubles with members withdrawing. The Road Home and Crossroads Urban Center have officially withdrawn their membership.

The Road Home shelter is officially out of the Pioneer Park Coalition — the second homeless-service provider to leave — after top coalition leaders’ presentation earlier this month seeking funding from the state Legislature for a housing project on west North Temple.

Matt Minkevitch, executive director of The Road Home, said his organization left the coalition because it cannot sign on to such initiatives without the approval of its board of directors. He added, however, that The Road Home will continue to work with the coalition.

The leaders of the Coalition, according to the article, gave a presentation to the Legislature on the request for state funds to build housing based on the consent of all Coalition members.

In their Feb. 11 presentation to the Legislature, coalition executives Scott Howell, Bryson Garbett, Josh Romney and Jonathan Harmon listed 85 group members ­— including The Road Home — as supporting the request for $1 million in state funds to build housing units on Salt Lake City’s west side.

“We wanted to make sure we were not implying consent for various programs without the consent of our board,” Minkevitch said. “But we consider ourselves a friend of the coalition.”

Last week, the executive director of the Crossroads Urban Center, Glenn Bailey, resigned from the coalition because, he said, it listed his organization as one of the supporters of the housing proposal on the west side. Bailey said he hadn’t seen the plan and would never have supported the proposed sites. He complained the coalition was operating in a top-down fashion that left most members out of decision making and suggested it had an unspoken agenda of moving homeless services out of the Rio Grande area.


Read the article here.

29th Ward House Future Remains On Hold

DSC_1102Will Proposed Changes to Zoning Ordinances Increase Potential Construction Density of Historic Property? At the Fairpark Community Council’s December Meeting, the City’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Division provided some information on its request to rezone the property at 1102 West 400 North, the old, vacant, 29th LDS Ward House from low-density residential (R-1/7000) to higher density mixed residential and commercial use (R-MU-35). The property is owned by the City.

In the presentation, division director, Mike Ackerlow, explained that the rezoning request was to allow the City to secure resources to rehabilitate the 100-year old church so that it could be used for housing or some sort public or private commercial use. The City also wants build housing; i.e., small houses or apartment/condo units on other sections of the .80 acre property. Comment from residents at
the meeting would be used to help develop the final plans for the property that the division hoped to present to the Community Council in January.

In January, the Planning Division contacted the Fairpark CC to explain the City needed more time to final its plans.

Then, interestingly, at its January 28th meeting the Salt Lake City Planning Commission approved changes to the R-MU-35 zoning designation that allows greater building density by, among other things, decreasing the minimum
size for lots and decreasing minimal “set-backs” from lot boundary-lines.

The proposed changes to the R-MU-35 zoning designation still have to be approved by the City Council before they can go into effect. Whether the City is waiting for
the amended zoning designation before finalizing its plans remains to be seen. Regardless, the issue facing the Fairpark Community Council is whether it will support rezoning proposal for the 29th Ward property as the City’s petition goes before the Planning Commission and, ultimately, the City Council.

For more information visit fairparkcommunity.org

Education Corner: West High School

edcornerThe editors of The Gazette would like to learn more about the history of schools in our community. If you have any materials such as yearbooks, news articles, photos or other information to share, please contact us at: info@fairparkcommunity.org
This month’s featured school is West High School, “Home of the Panthers,” which is located at 241 North 300 West in Salt Lake City. West is the high school that serves students in grades 9-12 in the Fairpark community.
West was the first high school in Utah, originally known as Salt Lake High
School. According to the West High website, “West has been a Salt Lake
City School District high school since 1890, and was the #1 high school in
the State of Utah and #167 (2007) and #169 (2008) in the Nation according to Newsweek Magazine. West High School is the home to 18 National Merit Scholarship 2012 Semi-Finalists – the most in the entire State of Utah! We have more than any other public school in the State.”

West is an urban school that serves a very diverse community. There is a concentrated partnership between the community and the school so that all stakeholders in the school community are involved, which better serves the students in their education. Academically, “West offers over 200 courses ranging from remedial courses to vocational and college level academics, including the prestigious Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, designed for serious academic students.”250px-SouthCampusWestSide
West also has a comprehensive sports program, that has a long history. “Participation in a sport is one of the major vehicles by which young men and women can learn to experience healthy fun and, at the same time, develop their full
potential as individuals. Students develop not only greater physical skill but also skills in teamwork, integrity, judgment, responsibility, leadership, self-discipline, and respect for rules and authority that benefits both themselves and their
teams. Winning isn’t everything, honor is. It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up. Play with heart, win with class, and lose with dignity.”
You can learn more about West High School at its website:


29th Ward Building Rezone Hearing Postponed

At last month’s Council meeting (Dec. 4th) the City’s Planning and Housing and Neighborhood (HAND) Divisions began its presentation on the proposal to change the zoning designation of 29th LDS Ward House with the announcement that City staff was not seeking Community Council action that evening because they wanted to return in January with more concrete plans for the property.

Several days ago, the Planning Division notified the Fairpark Community Council that the City is not prepared to continue its presentation this month, that “more time is needed to develop plans for the site. The petition will not go before the Planning Commission until the revised plans have been presented at a future Fairpark Community Council meeting.”

29th Ward interior Currently, the 29th Ward property, a .80 acre lot at 1102 West 400 North, is zoned R-1/7000, as is most of the Fairpark Community – single residences on lots no smaller that 7000 square feet. The City wants to rezone the old building and property as R-MU-35 – a residential area that allows 30 units per acre, plus the possibility that some lots can be used for commercial purposes.

For a hundred years, the old 29th LDS Ward House has been an iconic structure in what is now known as the Fairpark Community. In the 1980s, the LDS Church donated the building to Salt Lake City to be used to house various programs serving the City’s refugee population. Unfortunately, a fire in 1983 gutted part of the building’s interior, creating a serious challenge maintaining the building’s usefulness. And, since the early 1990s, the building has been vacant – boarded up and an eyesore for the community. (See the article on the history of this building here.).29th Ward 1920

In the initial letter from the Mayor’s Office to the Planning Commission requesting the the zoning change, the administration emphasized its philosophy of making “adaptive” reuse of historic buildings in the City. In this regard, the City has applied to have the old 29th Ward House listed in the National Historical Registry. The building is already listed on the City’s registry of significant historical and cultural landmarks; but the federal designation will make the building eligible for tax credits and other resources for repair and restoration efforts.

But in the initial presentation by Michael Akerlow, Director of the City’s Housing and Neighbor Development Division, at the Fairpark Council’s December meeting, the City’s goal of creating more “diverse and affordable” was emphasized. In the evening’s discussion, the City was unwilling to commit to any specific plan, however the idea of building new residential units on the parking lot north of the building and creating residential units in the old building was raised.

It seemed that the City’s position is that, without federal money/tax-credits to cover part of the cost for the rehab of the old church along with the revenue new housing units from the construction of new residences (condos or apartments) to help pay for the rehab of the church , the property will not be attractive to developers.

The old 29th LDS Ward House is both a treasure and scourge. In its dilapidated state today, it reflects negatively on the larger community. On the other hand, its basic structure, a hundred years old, is attractive as an icon of this community’s history.

For decades, residents of what is now the Fairpark Community have fought, via Master Plans and Zoning Maps, to the protect the residential nature of our neighborhoods. With the City’s proposal to change the zoning designation of the 29th Ward Building, the community is confronted with a choice: allow high density development to restore a historic building or allow the property to continue to deteriorate.