Park City readies plan to build Main Street plaza
Project expected to be a highlight of open house next week
Park City in coming weeks will continue discussions about building a plaza toward the southern end of Main Street, a project that businesses along the shopping, dining and entertainment strip desire and an idea that has won support at City Hall but must still secure a final go-ahead.
Main Street sees a plaza as an important part of a package of streetscape improvements meant to ensure the business district remains competitive against outlying commercial centers. The plaza will be one of the most ambitious projects City Hall has pursued along Main Street.
The plaza is designed for the Brew Pub parking lot, which is on the east side of Main Street and borders Swede Alley. Park City leaders earlier identified the parking lot as the potential location of a plaza.
The Park City Council is tentatively scheduled to address the issue at a meeting on March 30. The plaza, though, is expected to be one of the highlights at an open house that is planned on Wednesday. City Hall staffers at the open house will outline the municipal work plan for 2017, covering numerous projects and programs. The open house is scheduled from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Park City Library.
City Hall could start work on the plaza in the fall of 2017 or the spring of 2018. If the work starts in the fall of 2017, it could continue through the winter or be halted for the ski season and then restarted in the spring. Park City anticipates the work will cost $7 million and last eight or nine months.
The project involves greenspace, restrooms, a play area for kids, a covered pavilion and a water feature designed to resemble a brook. A 38-space garage will be built underneath the plaza. The garage will replace some of the 50 parking spaces that will be lost at the Brew Pub lot is redeveloped into the plaza. The designs also call for a bypass road linking Main Street and Swede Alley. City Hall says the bypass road is anticipated to be closed to traffic at most times but opened during events to ease traffic flow.
The open house on Wednesday, meanwhile, will also offer an opportunity to learn about City Hall’s development plans along the lower Park Avenue corridor. Officials are pursuing an aggressive plan to build work force or otherwise restricted housing on municipal parcels on or close to lower Park Avenue.
Some of the other projects expected to be covered at the open house include:
- the bus system
- plans for public art
- City Hall’s environmental programs
- plans for recreation facilities
- special events
- roadwork planned on Lowell Avenue and in ProspectorCity Hall sees the open house, which is similar to those in past years, as an opportunity for Park City residents and others to learn about a broad work plan at a single event rather than needing to attend a series of gathering about individual projects. Municipal staffers and City Hall-hired consultants will be available to answer questions.
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