Park City builders could really roar back next year |

Park City builders could really roar back next year

There are construction sites across Park City this year as builders enjoy what seems to be the comeback year from the depths of the recession.

But City Hall’s chief building official, Chad Root, is looking toward 2015 as perhaps the year the construction industry roars back in Park City.

Root said in an interview several major projects that were anticipated to be under construction in 2014 have delayed the work until 2015. That means that dollar value attached to the permits will be recorded next year instead of this one.

Some of the construction projects Root anticipates will receive permits and be underway in 2015 include:

  • the Kimball Art Center expansion onto the patio at the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue
  • the Woodward Park City action sports camp at Park City Mountain Resort
  • the Park City Heights development along the S.R. 248 entryway
  • an expansion of the Park City Medical Center
  • another phase of the Park City Film Studios complex

    It is difficult to project whether the numbers in 2015 will match the strong dollar figures that are expected this year, though. Additional high-dollar permits are expected to be issued in 2014, such as one for the Stein Eriksen Residences in Deer Valley.

    Root said the Building Department this year has received numerous complaints about construction projects moving at what people see as a slow pace. The worries could be more widespread in 2015, he said.

    Root said there will be "residents tired of construction" next year wishing that Park City would be a quieter community in the offseason.

    The Building Department through the end of April tallied nearly $33.9 million worth of permits in 2014. The figure is nearly triple the number from the same period in 2013.

    The construction industry posted a series of record-setting years between the 2002 Winter Olympics and the onset of the recession as Park City developers enjoyed the booming economy. The industry numbers fell sharply during the downturn and started to break out again in 2012.

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