Park City continues to beautify Main Street |

Park City continues to beautify Main Street

This year’s work expected to be completed in fall

by Jay Hamburger

Park City continues to make improvements to the Main Street streetscape and this summer is working on an approximately 600-foot stretch of sidewalk. The work includes installing granite pavers surrounded by concrete bands on the sidewalk, shown outside the Eating Establishment on Friday morning. Adrian Ion, who works at the Eating Establishment, waters the restaurant’s flowers as businesses on Main Street prepare for a busy holiday weekend.

The spectators on Main Street for the 4th of July parade will likely hardly notice they are in a construction zone.

Park City this summer is continuing the beautification efforts along Main Street, and there are other municipal or private-sector projects underway on the shopping, dining and entertainment strip as well as just off the street. As Independence Day arrives, officials are pleased with the progress on Main Street and say the work is largely on schedule for completion in the fall.

The crews will not work on July 4 and will return after the holiday. By Saturday and Sunday, which are expected to be busy on Main Street as the holiday approaches, the crews are expected to be finished working on the sidewalk on the west side of Main Street, roughly between the Eating Establishment and the Gorsuch store, which are both on the 300 block of the street. The overall project this summer covers an approximately 600-foot stretch of sidewalk reaching southward from 4th Street to a location close to the main entrance of the Treasure Mountain Inn on the 200 block of Main Street.

The work in 2017 includes replacing some water lines, installing new water meters and replacing curbs. The crews are also installing granite pavers surrounded by concrete bands on the sidewalk. The work started in late May and is expected to be complete by mid-September. Lynn Ware Peek, a City Hall community engagement staffer compiling updates on the work, said the crews are on schedule. They are working on sections of approximately 100 feet in length at a time.

Ware Peek said much of the work involving loud machinery or tools as well as tasks that send up dust is completed by 10 a.m. each day, a concession to the many businesses that open at about that time. The crews have not blocked business doors, she said. Ware Peek acknowledged an issue involving dust when concrete was cut in the afternoon, though. She said there have not been a significant number of complaints from Main Street businesses. The construction crews are staging materials and equipment in a part of the Brew Pub parking lot toward the southern end of Main Street.

The work is expected to cost approximately $470,000. The beautification elements of the project are funded through a slight increase in sales taxes approved by Park City voters in 2012 that is partially put toward Main Street improvements. The voter-approved increase has funded a series of upgrades along Main Street similar to those underway this summer.

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Main Street leaders and many of the businesses support the work, saying the upgrades are needed to remain competitive with commercial districts that have been developed in the past decade or so at or close to Kimball Junction. The supporters say Main Street is a more attractive place for shoppers and diners with the upgrades, pointing to cracks in sidewalks and other displeasing visuals before the work.

The Historic Park City Alliance, which represents the interests of businesses on or close to Main Street, is the chief supporter of the work. Michael Barille, the executive director of the group, said the work has been well managed. He noted cooperation from the crews during events like the Savor the Summit evening of dining. Barille said businesses desire "continuity" in the look of the sidewalk after the several years of installing granite pavers.

"It's something the merchants are pleased about, to have that nearly completed," he said about the sidewalks.

The Main Street upgrades this summer do not involve a planned plaza at the Brew Pub lot. That project is expected to start as early as the spring of 2018 and take a year to complete. City Hall must still secure the necessary development approvals before a groundbreaking.

City Hall provides a monthly report detailing public projects and private-sector ones, listing sites across Park City. Some of the highlights from the most recent report include:

  • an upgrade on Lowell Avenue between Park City Mountain Resort and the Empire Avenue switchback. The work includes redoing the pavement and gutters, upgrading water lines, replacing a sewer line and improving drainage. The work is anticipated to be completed in the fall.
  • the redevelopment of the property that once housed the Kimball Art Center at the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue. The report says the project is anticipated to be completed in 2018 and notes the use of a crane.