Decrepit Old Town building razed
Across Park Avenue, the view from Ron Butkovich’s jewelry studio was obscured by what many Parkites saw as one of the ugliest building in Old Town.
The paint was faded, the design nothing like the beloved Victorians surrounding it and the curved lower-floor window didn’t match the streetscape.
"It was huge. It was horrible," Butkovich said on Monday, as demolition crews continued to tear down the building, 1064 Park Ave. "The poor thing was left alone for so long."
Monday, there was little left of the hulking building, where people once lived in decrepit apartments and a restaurant used to operate. The restaurant was shuttered long ago, and the building had fallen into disrepair.
A developer, though, wants to build three houses on the site, less than a quarter of an acre. The location is prime, a few blocks from Main Street, the Town Lift, City Park and the Park City Library and Education Center.
Jeff Werbelow, a partner in the development team, said the houses are designed as "really nice, cottage-type homes" that he said will blend with the surrounding houses.
"It’s more of an Old Town cottage deal compared to that massive structure that was sitting there before," he said, adding that "everybody’s pretty happy" the old building was razed.
Two houses would face 11th Street. The other would face Park Avenue. Brooks Robinson, who handles the day-to-day operations at the Planning Department, said the houses would be 2,500 square feet each.
The developers need to subdivide the land, and City Hall staffers must review the design of the houses to ensure they meet the local government’s strict Old Town standards. That is continuing, Robinson said.
He is pleased the old structure, known by some as the Cattle Company Building for the restaurant that was once inside, came down.
"It’s certainly more desirable than a run-down building," Robinson said, adding, "I think people will miss the Cattle Company only in a perverse sense."
The developer wants to start building the houses in the spring, and he expects them to take between 12 and 16 months to complete. Werbelow said he continues to finalize designs, and he said he has not started to market the houses.
Park City continues to enjoy a hot real-estate market, making projects like Werbelow’s more desirable to developers. Old Town is especially popular with homebuyers.
The building dated to decades ago, but its look had been changed many times over the years. Robinson said City Hall determined it could be torn down without Park City losing an iconic structure.
"There was so much modification to the building, to its original fabric, it was no longer historically significant," he said.
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