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Submittal offers floor-by-floor look at redo of Kimball Art Center

by Jay Hamburger, THE PARK RECORD

They would be perched just above the Main Street-Heber Avenue intersection, a bustling locale along the shopping, dining and entertainment strip.

Two penthouse residential units that would have commanding views and, almost certainly, would command top-dollar prices. One of them would spread through 2,710 square feet and offer access directly to the common pool terrace. The other would offer 2,350 square feet.

Information about the penthouses, as well as the other units, were submitted to City Hall recently as a developer presses ahead with plans for a project at the site of the Kimball Art Center, situated at the northwest corner of the intersection. Officials released a copy of the submittal to The Park Record in response to a request under state open records laws.

The project, known as the Kimball Residences and Shops, is expected to draw intense interest as it proceeds through City Hall’s planning process. The developer, California-based LCC Properties, late in 2014 reached an agreement to acquire the Kimball Art Center. The not-for-profit organization intends to leave the property after City Hall rejected its expansion proposal.

The information released by City Hall provides a detailed look at the developer’s plans for the site. Some of the broader information, such as the plan to put up a building on the space where the Kimball Art Center patio is located, was publicized earlier. But other details were not available publicly prior to the release of the information.

A floor-by-floor rundown of the other levels includes:

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  • a lower level consisting of 10,000 square feet of retail and commercial space.
  • a main level covering 12,000 square feet. The main level will house a gallery, retail or commercial space and a proposed lobby for the residential units. David Luber, the principal figure in LCC Properties, said he is "looking to have" an art gallery open in the space where the Kimball Art Center gallery is located. He said he is in talks with local galleries and galleries from outside the area, indicating he is seeking a "high-end" art seller for the space.
  • a level identified in the plans as Two A. It would have two residential units. One would be 980 square feet while the other one would be 1,990 square feet. Luber said the smaller unit would be a studio. The larger one would be a three-bedroom, he said.
  • a level dubbed Two B. There would be five residential units on level Two B, ranging from 880 square feet to 2,540 square feet. The largest of the units on the level would also have a 2,000-square-foot terrace, a private pool, a spa and a fire pit.
  • a third level with two residential units, one measuring 700 square feet and the other pegged at 1,792 square feet.

    He said the designs fit with the Park City real estate market, saying that potential buyers seek a range of options. Some want a studio while others want larger units, he said.

    "The project and the proposed plan is a very compelling plan that has not previously been seen" along Main Street, Luber said, describing a combination of a historic property and a new building.

    Luber’s firm in mid-December said it has reached a deal to acquire the Kimball Art Center. It was a closely watched listing given the location, the building’s historical significance and the Kimball Art Center’s status as one of Park City’s brand-name arts organizations. Luber wants to close on the acquisition early in 2015. The project is called the Kimball Residences and Shops.

    The firm submitted paperwork at City Hall outlining the plans in an initial step in the municipal government’s development process. Officials will eventually weigh the designs against City Hall’s strict Old Town guidelines.

    In a prepared statement, Luber said "the initial design concept was well received during our first meeting with the city planning staff."

    Staffers hold the authority to approve or reject the designs. The developer could appeal a rejection to the Park City Planning Commission or the Historic Preservation Board, depending on the basis of an appeal. The Kimball Art Center pursued the same sort of City Hall process, ending with the rejection of its expansion designs.