Officials craft club timeline
City Hall has crafted a timeline for the renovation of the Racquet Club should officials secure the necessary approvals for the work at a meeting on Jan. 20.
The timeline was released this week as part of a wide-ranging update to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council. The update also covers numerous other topics and covers the last quarter of 2009.
Ken Fisher, who manages City Hall’s recreation programs and is a key figure in the Racquet Club talks, said in an interview the timeline hinges on the city’s Planning Commission. The panel could approve the Racquet Club renovation on Jan. 20.
If the Planning Commission casts a positive vote, Fisher said officials would spend two months developing construction documents and then seek bids for the work. He said City Hall could be ready to award a contract for the work by early May depending on an approval by the Planning Commission.
"I’m confident, as long as we get approval on the (20th)," Fisher said.
If the Planning Commission does not approve the work at the Jan. 20 meeting, Fisher said, the timeline could be delayed by a month. He said he is "cautiously optimistic" the panel will cast an affirmative vote at the meeting.
Officials are planning a major renovation of the aging Park Meadows facility, saying it needs numerous upgrades. The Park City Council has set aside $10.5 million for the work on the 1970s building.
As envisioned, most of the Racquet Club would be torn down and then rebuilt. The gymnasium, dating to 1990, is the only section of the building that would be kept standing and made part of the new facility.
A number of upgrades would be put into the redone building, including a walking and jogging track and a 12-foot-tall rock-climbing attraction. The construction crews would also put in features to make the Racquet Club more energy efficient.
It is not clear whether the Planning Commission will cast a vote at the Jan. 20 meeting. Fisher had desired an affirmative vote at a meeting in December, but some members of the panel indicated they were worried about topics like the height of the redone building. There was neighborhood opposition at the December meeting as well.
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