Research park moves ahead
October 21, 2008
A research park similar to one at the University of Utah is slated for construction on 89 acres The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owns at Kimball Junction.
ARUP Laboratories and Myriad Genetics are among the companies at the University research park in Salt Lake City. Companies at Kimball Junction could specialize in sports medicine. The project in the Snyderville Basin may also include work force housing and overflow event parking.
The owners want the land rezoned from less-dense residential and hillside development to allow commercial buildings on the property. The less-dense areas allow landowners to build just one unit on every 20 or 30 acres of land.
A public hearing at the Sheldon Richins Building was slated to occur Tuesday night after press time.
The research park is proposed south of Tanger Outlet Center, Walmart and the Sheldon Richins Building and north of Olympic Parkway.
Five acres of the parcel could be used to build a new LDS Church, according to Summit County Planner Kimber Gabryszak.
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Former Summit County Community Development Director Dave Allen has partnered with The Boyer Co. to develop the project. Allen expects at least 150 work force housing units to be built alongside the research park for people who earn under the area median income in western Summit County.
The Boyer Company began work on the University research park more than 30 years ago with the architectural firm Sasaki Associates Inc., which the development firm has tapped to help design the research park at Kimball Junction.
The land is adjacent to a 340-acre parcel owned by Suburban Land Reserve, a real-estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Summit County and Park City Municipal announced last week that the agencies have a tentative agreement to purchase that parcel as part of a $25 million open-space deal which also includes 340 acres at Round Valley.
Gabryszak said she expected the developer to discuss in greater detail how many units of affordable housing the research park would include. The homes would likely be situated east of the Powderwood and Crestview condominiums.
The Planning Commission needed more information Tuesday about traffic impacts from the research park and the estimated size of buildings at the facility, according to Summit County Community Development Director Don Sargent.