|SHCC Newsletter, October 2011|
Sugar House Community Council Newsletter
Dear Friends of Sugar House:
SHCC Message from the Chair
Hello, friends, neighbors, and families of Sugar House,
What is Affordable Housing?
Affordable Housing Committee
Affordable housing has long been an expressed goal for Sugar House in the master plan. Unfortunately many people do not fully understand what affordable housing means. The SHCC has created a new committee to help educate trustees and provide better information to the public and developers about what resources are available to help us achieve more housing diversity.
Many myths are associated with the term "affordable housing" and what it actually means. HUD simply defines affordable housing as a household that pays no more than 30% of its annual income on housing. The real question becomes who makes up those households? Based on the fair market price for a 2-bedroom apartment of $768/month provided by the Utah Housing Coalition many of the people and living in Sugar House could not afford to live in our community were it not for affordable units. These people include teachers, public safety officers, retail workers, and seniors.
Sugar House Streetcar Study Update
Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency has been hard at work gathering public input on the Sugar House streetcar. They recently held an open house on August 25th at Highland High to present a series of options for amenities associated with the streetcar. To view the artist renderings and see a breakdown of comments visit www.shstreetcar.com.
You can also read more about the Sugar House streetcar and leave comments at SLC Open City Hall here.
Draw at Sugar House Update
Parks, Open Space & Trails Committee
If you travel along 1300 East by Sugar House Park you've noticed the excavation occuring for the tunnel underneath the road. This project will connect Hidden Hollow Nature Area to the Sugar House Park for pedestrians and bicyclists to safely cross this section of road. This project is part of the PRATT vision to connect the Jordan River Parkway with Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
The excavation for the Draw have uncovered large amounts of concrete and rebar deeply buried that have required a redesign of the retaining wall and has caused a delay in the project. Reducing the budget for the crossing has resulted in substantial changes to the design for the Draw. The current shortfall of $450,000 means that many more of the artistic elements will be lost. Features that told the story of the Mormon pioneer migration into the Salt Lake Valley will be eliminated, and architectural details that would have provided habitat for birds and native plants will be erased from the plans.
PRATT is undertaking a fundraising effort to restore the funding that will ensure the Draw at Sugar House is built as its designers intended. To contribute in any amount, go to www.parleystrail.org and use the Paypal button. Or, mail your tax-deductible donation to PRATT Coalition, P.O. Box 520308, SLC UT 84152-0308.
The new anticipated completion date is the fall of 2012 or spring of 2013. For more information you can visit www.parleystrail.org.
Sugar House Summit
Monday, September 26, beginning at 6 p.m.
Westminster College Alumni House
Summit theme is"Entrepreneurship in Sugar House", and will be part of the Governor's Entrepreneurship Week
Partnering with the Center for Entrepreneurship in Sugar House, and will feature an expert (Linda Muir) who will guide participants through "differentiation through brand strategy", we will talk about branding our Sugar House community, and will have booths with information for entrepreneurs and business owners.
We hope to see your there.
Sugar House Art Walk
Arts & Culture Committee
Art thrives in Sugar House!
This fun event on September 30 will have over 40 artists work on display in 7 locations. Much of this art is created by local artists and there is a price point for all visitors!
There will be live music, food and a very special light installation on the Sprague Library Plaza.
It is the perfect way to kick off Autumn after you visit the farmers market!
Feel free to add whatever makes it appealing. Thanks so much for putting it in the SHCC newsletter and on the farmers market website!
How did the meeting go tonight?
Were you able to find someone to fill my spot on Sept. 30?
Sugar House Art Walk
Friday, September 30, 2011 at 6:00pm
Sugar House, Salt Lake City, UT
We're winding down on all the great summer events, but still have some awesome ones for late September and October. We hope you take time to get out into your community and enjoy some of these great events.
Friday evenings 4:00 - 8:00 pm
2100 South 1100 East
**October 7 - Guest Chef Demonstration. Chef Adam will be making a seasonal dish using items found at the farmers market.
**October 14 - Pumpkin Fest. Bring your kids for a pumpkin carving event featuring locally grown pumpkins and prizes for the winners.
Wasatch Hollow Open Space
Wasatch Hollow Park is located on the edge of the SHCC 1700 South boundary. Many Sugar House residents frequent this part and are invested in the outcome of this new open space adjacent to the park.
The City Council will receive a briefing on a proposed resolution for the Wasatch Hollow Open Space Comprehensive Restoration Use and Management Plant onThursday, October 6 during their meeting. Meetings are always open to the public.