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Design studio focused on important Park City street

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Park City controls important properties along the lower Park Avenue corridor, including a site that once housed a fire station and the field outside the Park City Library and Education Center. A design studio scheduled next week involving architects, planners and developers will consider ideas for the properties. Courtesy of Park City Municipal Corp.

City Hall plans to gather a team of architects, planners and developers next week in Park City to consider ideas for a patchwork of municipal properties along lower Park Avenue.

The design studio will be another step as leaders continue to craft plans for what is anticipated to be a corridor that will offer restricted housing and broader community uses.

A 10-person team mostly made of people from Park City and the Salt Lake Valley will participate in the design studio. They will start the work on Monday and continue through Thursday. A presentation to Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council is scheduled on Thursday.

The presentation is expected to cover options for the municipal properties and will likely include opportunities for affordable housing or housing that is otherwise deemed attainable.

Phyllis Robinson, the community and public affairs manager at City Hall, said ideas could also involve a center for not-for-profit organizations, a senior citizens center and a childcare facility. She acknowledged, though, that Park City officials will eventually need to decide how the municipal properties will be used. If a not-for-profit center is developed, would there be other space available for housing, Robinson said as she described the choices leaders will eventually make.

"What is our next step . . . What are the other things we need to be thinking about," Robinson said.

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City Hall controls a series of properties along lower Park Avenue or just off the street. Leaders want to craft an overall plan for the corridor in an effort to improve an important route between Old Town and the Park City Mountain Resort area. Some of the properties include a former fire station on Park Avenue and a house next door as well as the Park City Senior Center on Woodside Avenue and land next door. The discussions also involve the field outside the Park City Library and Education Center, Miners Hospital and the recreation building at City Park.

Park City is providing a stipend of $1,500 per person for a cost of $15,000 for the design studio.

A public event is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday in the community room upstairs at the Library and Education Center. The team will provide public briefings at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at the library followed by a Thursday presentation to the elected officials, also at the library.

City Hall will accept comments throughout the process and at the email address parkcitydesignstudio@gmail.com .