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Park City prepares $500,000-plus building remodel for transit workers

Park City soon plans to start a major remodel of 23 City Hall-owned condominiums in Prospector as officials ready the units to house municipal transit staffers in what is seen as an important incentive as the municipal government recruits and then retains bus drivers and others in the state's most expensive housing market.

The Park City Council on Thursday is expected to approve a contract pegged at just less than $550,000 for the work. Officials recommend a not-for-profit organization called the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology receive the contract. The organization lists retrofits of multifamily buildings as one of its services. The International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology bid was the lowest of the five City Hall received.

The work involves the demolition of the interior of the units and then a remodel of each of the places. The building is located at 2015 Prospector Ave. and dates to 1978.

City Hall acquired the units after a firm under the Talisker corporate umbrella defaulted on a loan. The municipal government paid $1,150,000 to the lender to acquire the loan and block a trustee's sale of the units by the lender. City Hall said at the time restrictions on the units designating them as affordable would have been lost if they had been sold by the lender in a trustee's sale.

The tasks include tearing out Sheetrock, taking down walls, updating the electrical systems, updating the plumbing, redoing the bathrooms, installing new appliances and putting in new fixtures. New floors will be put down and new walls built.

The cost of the work is forecast to be just less than $24,000 per unit. Jason Glidden, the housing development manager at City Hall, said the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology contract is a "good bid, obviously." He acknowledged the work will cost more than anticipated originally, though, based on the condition of the units and rising construction costs.

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City Hall expects the work will start by the end of November. It will be undertaken in two phases. Officials hope the first phase is complete in February followed by the completion of the second phase in June. Transit workers are expected to move in starting this month since the work will launch on some of the units prior to commencing on the other ones, leaving the other ones available for the workers.

"There is a need immediately for housing for these transit employees," Glidden said.

Officials say the housing opportunity will be an attractive part of City Hall's compensation package for transit staffers.

City Hall terminated the leases of people who lived in the building as preparations were underway for the work. Officials said they provided the tenants with an additional six months of notice of the lease terminations than would have been given if a private-sector firm had acquired the places in a trustee's sale.

One of the tenants, Jeff Brueningsen, has persistently criticized City Hall's actions regarding the lease terminations. He has called the move "hateful and heartless."

The City Council meeting on Thursday is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the Marsac Building.