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Rare, affordable rental opportunity

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Renters could begin moving into new studio apartments at Kimball Junction Dec. 22.

The units are roughly 425 square-feet and each has a kitchen and private bath. The Newpark Studios are located at the corner of Ute Boulevard and Highland Drive at Kimball Junction.

The apartments are across the street from the Basin Recreation Field House and builders hope they quickly fill with income-qualified tenants at an open house scheduled Nov. 19-21.

"We tried to design the building as efficiently as possible," Newpark spokesman Chris Retzer said.

Units in the new multi-colored building feature in-floor radiant heat and ceiling fans, he said.

Monthly rents that include utilities range from $438 to $584, Retzer explained.

"You’ve got really nice views," he said in an interview inside a corner unit on the building’s top floor. "You can actually see Deer Valley from here and The Canyons through the sliding door."

Newpark developer Jim Doilney expects the number of applicants for the studios to exceed availability.

"Maybe five times as many," Doilney said. "If you want to be in, you should probably come during [the open house.]"

From 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 19, 20 and 21, Newpark officials will accept applications from potential tenants at an open house at the Basin Recreation Field House at 1388 W. New Main Street.

Residents must be single and earn less than $26,680 per year, Doilney explained, adding that those who make more than $13 per hour may not qualify.

"It’s income-qualified. There are no special deals," he said. "Such a large percentage of households in the United States right now are single person."

Doilney praised the urban-like architecture of the roughly 20,000-square-foot building, which is situated on less than an acre of land south of Interstate 80.

"I think the aesthetic of this is so cool," he said.


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