Christopher Smart | The Salt Lake Tribune

For sale: Salt Lake City-owned open space perfect for high density development along the Sugar House Streetcar line.

Mayor Ralph Becker has forwarded to the City Council his desire to dispose of 2.85 acres of “surplus” open space along Sugarmont Drive (2250 S.) just east of 900 East.

The Planning Commission voted Wednesday to keep the land as open space. But the council will have the final say.

The acreage, once the site of dilapidated tennis courts and now a community garden, also includes a parking lot and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake that leases a lot at 968 Sugarmont Drive. The parcel fronts the new S Line and appears ripe for the mayor’s vision of transit-oriented development. It also would continue a new era of high-density development in Sugar House.

“It’s ideal for housing and mixed use,” said David Everitt, Becker’s chief of staff. “Generally, you want dense housing and retail that supports that housing in close proximity to the streetcar.” But one developer has another idea: a long-term lease of the land in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club. {….}