Project Open is a community-based development project that looks to gain and share actionable knowledge on how to better foster creative and healthy communities.



Project Open is a new way to think about housing in Salt Lake City – it is better, more responsible, and more inclusive housing for all, regardless of background or income level. This building is home for maturing foster children, formerly homeless individuals, and those living with mobility impairments as well as anyone looking for an affordable place to live in our rapidly-rising rental market. Because each of our units has the same layout and finishes, our goal is that a community of thoughtful, creative residents will take root and flourish in this place, fed by the diverse backgrounds, skill-sets, and interests we all bring to the table.



Located just west of the downtown core and within walking distance to bus, commuter, and light rail stations, Project Open seeks to bring deeply-needed attainable housing options to an area the is rapidly becoming unreachable for much of the city’s and state’s population. Its first phase includes eighty-one units of multi-tiered affordable housing with a substantial number reserved for maturing foster children, formerlyhomeless individuals, and those living with mobility impairments. To this core, it adds thirty market-rate residences, well thought-out community spaces, and several unique amenities including a converted historic furniture warehouse that now houses communal amenities for the building residents and fourteen studio spaces for resident-artists. The building takes full advantage of its transit-oriented location two blocks from the North Temple TRAX stop and will soon offer electric car and electric bike ride-share programs.



It’s no coincidence that artists tend to work in studios surrounded by other creatives – they need a creative community to feed their work so they can thrive. At Project Open, we welcome creatives and makers of all types to apply for one of the studio spaces and encourage everyone to explore their creative potential, and be surrounded by others pursuing their curiousities and passions. The studio spaces are curated by Craft Lake City and SLUG Mag’s own Angela Brown and include photographers, designers, soap makers, and many more.