Construction rebound in Park City seen in 2013 |

Construction rebound in Park City seen in 2013

A City Hall official on Thursday projected the Park City construction industry, a bellwether sector, will not return to its pre-recession boom years until 2013.

Roger Evans is the assistant building official and has been a member of the Park City Building Department since 2003. He mentioned the projection during an appearance at a Park City Council meeting.

In an interview, Evans said architects and engineers have signaled to him that the construction industry has been recovering for approximately 14 months. He said the monthly year-over-year numbers have been up slightly over that period.

"They’re small numbers, but they’re bigger than the year before, which is a positive sign," Evans said.

He said the Building Department has issued permits for smaller construction projects in recent months, but larger ones could be granted later. He mentioned the recovery timeline takes into account projects like a lodge in Silver Lake Village and the Park City Heights development along the S.R. 248 entryway.

The construction industry enjoyed a series of record-breaking years, topping $100 million in some years, in the period between the 2002 Winter Olympics and the onset of the recession. Widespread development, both major projects and smaller ones, pushed up the numbers in that period.

There has been a construction slowdown, though, since 2009. The recession cut deeply into the industry at the same time there was a dwindling number of major developments to be built inside Park City.

The industry topped out in 2007, when a record $239.7 million worth of permits was issued.

The numbers in 2011 through the end of April sat at just less than $10.8 million, up from the $5.9 million tallied through the same period in 2010.

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