Claim Jumper renovation wins important vote
The developers who want to redo the Claim Jumper building on Main Street cleared the Park City Planning Commission recently in a meeting that lacked the contentiousness of an earlier one centered on the property.
The panel cast a unanimous vote as it forwarded the project to the Park City Council. The elected officials are not bound by the recommendation. The developers have asked to combine six full lots and portions of two others into three lots. If that occurs, the developers would be allowed to pursue the renovation of the historic building and seek further approvals to build two houses on the Park Avenue side of the property.
The City Council is scheduled to consider the request on July 26.
In its recommendation, the Planning Commission wanted a series of restrictions placed on the property. Some of the important ones included:
The developers want to renovate the Claim Jumper building with a restaurant-bar in the basement, a lobby and restaurant space on the Main Street level and two condominiums on the upper floors.
The Planning Commission at a June meeting struggled with the plans for the redo, spending time on issues like the different underlying zones on the Main Street and Park Avenue sides of the property.
There were also concerns from some people who live nearby about nightclub-like activity in the Claim Jumper building during the Sundance Film Festival, when the building is turned into a hotspot known as the Bing Bar.
The Claim Jumper building, sitting at a high-profile location close to Main Street’s midpoint, is among Park City’s most notable historic properties. There has not been a year-round tenant in the building for years, though. The building through the years has operated as a hotel and as office space, and there once was a restaurant inside.
A previous owner held plans to redevelop the building but scrapped them and later lost the property in a trustee’s sale as the economy stumbled.
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