Guest editorial: Will Heber and Main welcome 30,000 sq.ft?
April 11, 2014
In opposition to the KAC development plan, as proposed, is the B group. They have primarily one request and that is that the City base their approval or denial on the Park City General Plan, Park City Land Management Code and the Historic District Design Guidelines, as required of everyone else applying for a project approval. The entire Land Management Code, the Historic District Design Guidelines and the P.C. General Plan are available on the city’s website, http://www.parkcity.org.
Equally as important as their many other duties, the City is specifically directed in the Code to: "preserve the integrity of historic resources and districts for future generations." This is where A and B do not agree. A appears to have decided that a huge, contemporary statement is just what P.C. needs on the corner of Heber Ave and Main.
Therein lies the rub, B would like a design more in keeping with the spirit of the other Main street buildings. As called out in the Historic District Design Guidelines, "projects are required to act in a manner that encourages the preservation of scenic vistas, the integrity of the historic districts, and the unique urban scale of original Park City." A’s Plan calls for the addition to increase the size of the KAC to 30,000 square feet. What will we do about parking for a building that size? Maybe, very little. Back when Park City was platted, most residents did not have cars so it was not addressed. Today a building that size in almost any other part of Park City, could be required to provide as much as 40 to 60 percent of the site for parking. After the handful of Kimball, on site, spaces are filled, where do the other, who knows how many, guests, park? Out in the public parking competing with businesses and residents?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the planners can do a lot about the parking or view impact on other nearby buildings, but the project can at least be held to an architectural design that compliments rather than competes with our iconic Main Street for an identity. I do not speak for the B group but I certainly support their individual efforts to protect the Land Management Code. Park City has taken a tremendous amount of heat, over the years enforcing and refining the Design Guidelines in the Historic District. It would be a shame to jeopardize the City’s ability to enforce them by approving a design that clearly does not meet the spirit or the letter of our design codes.