KTGY Group Inc. of Irvine, Calif., is the architect and designer.
Residents will be living within walking distance of a TRAX station and also will have access to I-15.
Additionally, Parley's Partners will provide a paved trail on the north side of the project, next to Cottonwood Creek, that will connect with the Jordan River Parkway's 40-mile network of trails.
"We are linking this community and transit together and creating a truly walkable urban lifestyle that helps people save money and our planet's resources," KTGY principal Manny Gonzales said in a statement announcing the start of construction.
Hooper Knowlton III of Parley's Partners said Birkhill will provide quality housing for families earning from 25 percent to 43 percent of the area's median income. Rent, for those who qualify, will range from $335 to $811 per month, based on family size and income level.
EMG Management Group of Salt Lake City will be handing property management and leasing. Pre-leasing is expected to begin next month, with initial move-ins beginning in early February. Phase 1 is expected to be completed by the end of March.