City Hall considers future of important stretch of Park Avenue
May 15, 2015
What could happen on the property where the Park City Senior Center is now situated? And how could Miners Hospital be used on a regular basis?
City Hall intends to hold a broad discussion with Parkites about the future of a patchwork of municipal properties along the lower Park Avenue corridor. Some of the properties are on Park Avenue itself while others are just off the street.
The lower Park Avenue corridor has long been seen as a critical stretch for Park City connecting the Park City Mountain Resort area with Old Town. Some of the properties held by the municipal government include the former site of a fire station on Park Avenue and a house next door and the Park City Senior Center on Woodside Avenue as well as adjacent land. City Hall also holds recognizable properties along the corridor like City Park and the field outside the Park City Library and Education Center.
Officials have scheduled a workshop on Tuesday to gather opinions about the lower Park Avenue corridor. It is scheduled at the DoubleTree by Hilton Park City — The Yarrow from 5:45 p.m. until 8 p.m. A 30-minute presentation is scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m. followed by a one-hour community discussion and short review of the evening. Elected officials, appointed officials and City Hall staffers are anticipated to attend.
Phyllis Robinson, the public affairs director at City Hall, said the event will focus on municipal properties rather than those that are privately held.
"It’s really kind of a campus," Robinson said, adding, "What makes the most sense."
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Park City leaders have indicated restricted housing of some sort is a priority. Those details have not been finalized but it seems likely there could be different categories of housing included in an overall plan, perhaps housing for the work force and options for senior citizens. Officials may pursue housing at the site of the former fire station and the edge of the Library and Education Center field has been eyed as a possibility for a small housing project.
The workshop is scheduled as City Hall prepares for a three-day design studio that is expected in July. The studio will bring developers, planners and others to Park City to debate options for the municipal properties.
The ideas generated during the studio will then be presented to Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council. Robinson said the elected officials would then make decisions about whether to proceed and address topics like whether to enter into a joint venture for any development. Robinson said any groundbreaking would not occur earlier than the summer of 2016, depending on any single project’s approval process.
Projects would be funded through a City Hall-controlled entity known as the Lower Park Avenue Redevelopment Agency. The agency brings in money through tax increments, essentially most of the property taxes paid above the 1990 level on or close to lower Park Avenue.