Popular patios along Main Street, aging, will be redone
June 9, 2015
The surface of the Town Lift Plaza endured years of people clunking around in their ski boots, snowy winters and the occasional concert.
The wear and tear on the 17-year-old surface reached a point that it needed replacement. The work started in the middle of April and is expected to be done by late July after delays caused by rainy weather. The deck is closed as the work is underway. Entrances from Main Street and the Town Bridge are blocked.
The Sweeney family, which owns the Town Lift Plaza, is sharing the cost of the work with Park City Mountain Resort owner Vail Resorts and The Caledonian, according to Pat Sweeney, who represents his family. The bottom terminal of PCMR’s Town Lift is on the plaza and The Caledonian is situated nearby.
Sweeney said crews removed the wood surface, the gravel, insulation, a protective membrane and the top portion of the inside-facing rock walls. The surface will be replaced with a similar system involving a liquid membrane, foam insulation, a drainage board, gravel and new wood. The system is waterproof. The rock walls will be rebuilt at the top and the inward facing side.
The deck had been made of mahogany wood. The new deck will be Alaskan yellow cedar. Sweeney hopes the new deck lasts 25 years.
The Park City Building Department in April issued two permits for the work. The department valued the permits at $230,000 and $140,000. Sweeney said the $230,000 permit involved the waterproofing and the rock walls. The other permit allows the deck itself to be rebuilt, he said.
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"It was literally rotting apart," Sweeney said about the deck.
A similar project is underway at Marriott’s Summit Watch, located across Main Street from the Town Lift Plaza. The Building Department in April issued a permit valued at $1.3 million for the work. George Reid, the building inspector supervisor, said the permit allows the patio to be resurfaced. He said the work involves removing the patio surface, putting down a waterproofing membrane and then replacing the patio surface with new concrete.
Stephanie Johnston, the general manager of Marriott’s Summit Watch, said the work this year is the second of three planned phases. The first phase was done in 2013 and the third one is planned in 2017. The patio dates from 1993 or 1994, she estimates.
"Time to replace it," she said, adding that there have been leaks into the parking garage below.
The work in 2015 involves the patio section stretching southward from Prime Steak House. The project will run toward Main Street on one side and toward the bicycle path on the other. Johnston said the work started on April 15 and is expected to be complete by June 26. The crews are tearing out a snowmelt system, a waterproofing membrane and the concrete surface and then replacing them, she said.
The two resurfacing projects are occurring alongside numerous other upgrades along Main Street, including City Hall-funded streetscape improvements and the continuing heavy development investment by the private sector.