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Kimball expansion: your chance to put comments on the record

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The proposed Kimball Art Center expansion, as seen in an artist rendering at night from Heber Avenue, would sit at the busy intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue. City Hall on Monday is scheduled to accept testimony about the project during an event from noon until 1 p.m. Courtesy of the Kimball Art Center

City Hall will accept testimony about the Kimball Art Center’s expansion plans during an event on Monday, the only opportunity for someone to provide input about the project in a formal setting.

Staffers are considering the Kimball Art Center’s application through a process that will eventually determine whether the project meets City Hall’s strict Old Town guidelines. Other projects in the historic district are put through the same process.

Staffers have the power to make the determination. A staff-level decision may be appealed to either the Park City Planning Commission or the Park City Historic Preservation Board, depending on the basis of the appeal, though.

The event on Monday is open to the public. It runs from noon until 1 p.m. in the Park City Council chambers at the Marsac Building. Tom Eddington, who is the planning director, and Anya Grahn, the historic preservation planner for City Hall, will accept verbal and written testimony.

The input will be on the record, meaning that it can be used as staffers consider the application. People will also be allowed to ask questions.

Grahn said staffers must make the determination within 45 days of the event on Monday. They will weigh the project against the Old Town guidelines as well as City Hall’s detailed development rules outlined in a document known as the Land Management Code.

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The Kimball Art Center recently made public redone designs for the expansion. An earlier concept was criticized as a design that would not fit along Main Street. The expansion would be built at the high-profile intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue.

The expansion proposal calls for a 15,000-square-foot addition ranging in height from 32 feet tall to 46 feet tall. It would shift the front door of the Kimball Art Center to the intersection from Heber Avenue, making the entry more visible to crowds on Main Street.

It would double the Kimball Art Center’s space, including adding square footage for exhibitions and programs.

The Kimball Art Center on Saturday is scheduled to host its final open house about the expansion. Members of the not-for-profit’s leadership will be available to answer questions and there will be visuals on display, including a model and images. The open house starts at 2 p.m. and lasts two hours.

More information is available about the expansion on the Kimball Art Center’s website, http://www.kimballartcenter.org/building-proposal/. The art center is accepting comments via email at expansion@kimballartcenter.org.

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