Local architectural firm in line for City Hall contract
Park City officials have selected three proposals for further consideration as City Hall crafts plans to redevelop a patchwork of municipal properties along the lower Park Avenue corridor.
The firms vying for a City Hall contract are Park City-based Elliott Workgroup, Caddis PC from Boulder, Colo., and a joint proposal by Process Studio and Community Studio, both from Salt Lake City. Three other firms did not advance for further consideration.
Elliott Workgroup’s interest in the contract is especially notable. The Main Street-based firm, led by architect Craig Elliott, has been involved in numerous high-profile projects in Park City, including the Sky Lodge and The Parkite. Elliot has long monitored development in Park City and has shown interest in the future of lower Park Avenue.
Caddis PC, meanwhile, is working with City Hall on a housing project on municipal land at 1450 Park Ave. and 1460 Park Ave.
A City Hall selection committee comprising of six staffers and a consultant chose the three firms. Jonathan Weidenhamer, the economic development manager for Park City, said the selection committee will recommend one of the finalists and Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council will be asked to authorize a contract in May.
The firm will be tasked with designing a housing project at the Park Avenue site where a fire station once was located and crafting an overall plan for the City Hall parcels on lower Park Avenue. The contract will also involve studying the feasibility of senior citizen programming and locations as well as a study of uses of municipal facilities on lower Park Avenue. The firm will prepare a document requesting proposals from developers.
Weidenhamer anticipates the work outlined in the contract will be completed by early in 2017 with construction management continuing longer.
Some of the sites involved include the property where the Park City Senior Citizens Center is located, a piece of ground on Empire Avenue and two parcels on Woodside Avenue. Park City officials have said restricted housing of some sort will be a priority.
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