Prominent Park City architect tapped for Park Avenue work
City Hall has hired a prominent Park City architectural firm to craft plans for a patchwork of properties under municipal ownership along the lower Park Avenue corridor, opting for a veteran of a series of high-profile projects in the community.
The municipal government tapped Elliott Workgroup, led by architect Craig Elliott, for the $70,000 contract covering project management and pre-design work. The contract involves designing a housing project on the Park Avenue site where a fire station once was located and studying the feasibility and potential locations for senior citizen programming.
Park City leaders have indicated work force, senior or otherwise restricted housing is a priority for the municipal government along lower Park Avenue. The efforts along the lower Park Avenue corridor are among City Hall’s most ambitious.
Elliott Workgroup’s selection is notable given the firm’s longtime work in the Park City area, including a series of projects in Old Town. Elliott has been involved in projects like the Main & Sky, which was once known as the Sky Lodge, and The Parkite.
“Generally, it is our belief that challenges are the equivalent of opportunity for a well prepared design team. This site is blessed with oodles of opportunity,” the Elliott Workgroup submittal to the municipal government says.
A City Hall report outlines the priorities for the work, starting with housing options for the ground where the fire station once was. Other priorities in the predevelopment phase include determining the location of a senior center, devising options for housing on Woodside Avenue to Empire Avenue parcels of land and developing concepts for a senior center.
The work is expected to stretch until early in 2017 with the construction management continuing beyond then, City Hall has said.
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