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S.R. 248 closure

Highway officials are considering a request to temporarily close parts of S.R. 248 and U.S. 40 to allow Stock Building Supply to move a building from Kearns Boulevard to the company’s new site in Wasatch County, according to Eric DeHaan, the Park City engineer.

The Wasatch County site is near the S.R. 248-Brown’s Canyon Road intersection, he says.

DeHaan says the Utah Department of Transportation is considering the Stock request and the Park City Council is tentatively scheduled to discuss the request to the state on Nov. 2, when the elected officials are expected to receive an update on a number of road issues.

DeHaan says S.R. 248 would be closed from the Kearns Boulevard site to Quinn’s Junction and U.S. 40 would be shut down at Quinn’s Junction.

He says Stock has not requested a date for the move but he indicates that it would likely be before Christmas. He expects that it would be scheduled overnight on the weekend, probably a Saturday night and Sunday morning.

After a round of preliminary talks, City Hall opposes the request, DeHaan says.

Henry Brunson, from Stock, says the company continues to consider options and was unsure late in the week whether Stock would further pursue the request.

A UDOT spokesperson did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Trust pays back loan

Mountainlands Community Housing Trust has repaid City Hall part of two loans that the government gave the group for work on the Line Condominiums affordable-housing project.

According to a memo to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council from Phyllis Robinson, who handles housing issues for City Hall, the government received $112,480 on Oct. 13. The loan is for $250,000.

Robinson says the government expects that Mountainlands will repay the rest of the loan plus interest within 45 days. The city continues to collect 5.5 percent interest on the unpaid principal, according to Robinson’s memo.

Mountainlands holds another loan, for $100,000, from City Hall. That sum was turned into a promissory note and is not due until 2011.

Robinson’s memo indicates that Mountainlands has repaid its construction loan to Zions Bank, allowing the group to start repaying the government.

Mountainlands is a nonprofit dedicated to providing housing for people otherwise priced out of Park City’s resort-driven real-estate market.

The Line Condominiums entails 10 one-bedrooms, 10 two-bedrooms and two redone houses on the 500 block of Deer Valley Drive. It is among the most ambitious affordable-housing developments in Park City.

The construction was arduous and Mountainlands did not complete the units until well after they were expected to be done. City Hall loaned the money once delays mounted and costs rose.

The condominiums were priced far less than the market rate in the neighborhood but much more expensive than Mountainlands projected.

City Hall sees itself as a chief supporter of affordable housing and backers say that the community is better off if people of varying incomes live locally.

Big summer events

The Triple Crown softball tournament, which has quickly grown into one of the biggest events on Park City’s calendar, in 2006 generated almost $7 million in economic activity, according to a report submitted to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council.

In the report, Bob Kollar, who is with the Park City Chamber/Bureau and assists in a joint venture between City Hall and the Chamber/Bureau, says, in 2006, the tournament generated $6.85 million, up from the $5.39 million generated in 2005.

The Chamber/Bureau and City Hall want the tournament to expand to three weeks, with 100 teams competing each week, according to the report.

Meanwhile, a lacrosse tournament known as the ski-town shootout doubled in size, to 31 teams, in 2006, Kollar says. He says that lots of the teams were happy and more teams are expected to compete in 2007. A soccer tournament called the Park City Extreme Cup drew almost 60 teams, he says.

Tourism boosters have long tried to make summertime a busier season for visitors by scheduling arts and sports events. The summer is busier than before but not as lucrative for most of Park City as the winter ski season.

Some summertime standards in Park City include the popular Park City Arts Festival each August, Deer Valley Resort concerts and an annual Independence Day parade.

The softball tournament, though a newcomer, has established itself as a top draw. During the event, teams are seen throughout Park City, including at grocery stores and on Main Street. Lots of them decorate their cars and vans to show support for their players.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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