Prospector Square seeks to reinvigorate itself
A Prospector Square business group plans to continue publicizing its ideas for upgrades in the district during an open house on Tuesday.
Known as the Prospector Square Property Owners Association, the group wants to make the district a more pleasant place for people who work or frequent businesses there. There is a diverse group of businesses in Prospector Square, including restaurants, shops, services and offices.
There are 74 property owners stretching through the approximately 27 acres that make up Prospector Square, according to the Prospector Square association. The acreage is roughly bounded by Bonanza Drive, Prospector Avenue, Sidewinder Drive and Gold Dust Lane.
Alison Butz, the executive director of the Prospector Square association, said the open house will center on common areas like parking lots and walkways. It will also address streets important to Prospector Square — Prospector Avenue, Poison Creek Lane, Gold Dust Lane and Sidewinder Drive. The sidewalks along the streets are also of note in the discussions.
The open house will offer an opportunity to learn about the ideas in Prospector Square. Butz said the Prospector Square Association earlier retained Logan Simpson Design, a landscape architect with offices in Salt Lake City. Representatives from the firm are expected to be in attendance. Concept drawings will be on display.
Others anticipated to attend include members of the Prospector Square association board of directors. Butz said invitations were sent to Mayor Jack Thomas, the Park City Council and several City Hall staffers.
The event is open to the general public and Butz hopes it will draw 100 people.
Butz said there are 11 vacant parcels in Prospector Square with development potential. She said the open house, though, is not expected to focus on development ideas for the parcels.
The Prospector Square association will not seek financial assistance from City Hall for improvements such as those considered for the common areas. The municipal government, though, would fund the planned reconstruction of Prospector Avenue, Butz said.
The open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Park City Marriott on Sidewinder Drive. The event is planned on the outdoor patio.
More information is available on the Prospector Square association website, http://www.prospectorsquare.com.
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