LAYTON -- For eight years, no apartment buildings have been built in Layton. That will soon change.
There are now four apartment complexes in the works that city officials and developers hope will be completed in the next few years.
"It really shows there has been a lack of multifamily housing in Davis County over the last few years. Now that this is something that is becoming viable, all sorts of developers are doing multi-family projects, because you can still make a return on investment," said Ben Hart, Layton's economic development specialist.
Plans for two of the projects have received full city approval, while the other two are still works in progress.
Kays Crossing, to be located on Main Street next to the FrontRunner station, and Eastgate Greyhawk, at approximately 3100 N. Church St. on the northwest corner of Church Street and Highway 193, have the go-ahead from the city council. Those developers are finalizing details on their end before beginning construction.
Hart said Kays Crossing will have 156 units and Eastgate Greyhawk will have 108.
The other projects are not too far behind.
One upcoming development by Mountain States Property Management does not yet have a name. That development, which will be near the northwest corner of Antelope Drive and Hill Field Road, has received a positive recommendation from the planning commission to move on to city council for rezone and general plan amendment.
The other project, named Villas on Main, to be at 1451 N. Main St., is working its way through the planning commission and city council.
Mountain States Property's project will have about 160 units, while Villas on Main will have about 120, Hart said.
While city officials are excited about the four new developments, they are also looking at the deeper meaning.
"There is a changing lifestyle out there as well," Hart said. "The demand and desire to own a home has diminished, and the desire for a lifestyle has changed. This is a response to that."
Hart said there are people who want to rent rather than buy a house, and developers are taking notice.
"We've seen that the market has improved significantly and that it's time for a few more," said Darren Child, of Mountain States Property Management. "We've seen that occupancy has gone up, and rental rates have gone up."
Child said Mountain States Property Management has owned the site of its development for a while and decided an apartment building would be the best fit.
Autumn Hill, finished in 2003, was the most recent apartment complex built in Layton. Before that, Hart said, the next-most-recent apartment complex was built in the mid- to late-1990s.
"It just comes down to more people wanting to live in Layton," Child said.
If that is the case, city officials know they need to be careful.
With a total of roughly 544 apartments coming from these four developments, there could be close to 1,000 new residents. While that will be good for the grocery stores and gas stations where the new residents will do business, city officials want to make sure they do not allow too much development too quickly.
"We want to make sure that the market is not overburdened, as well," Hart said. "The city has to be real cautious as we review these applications as they come in."