Some Parkites mad about New Main Street
There apparently isn’t room in Summit County for five Main Streets. Residents in Henefer, Kamas and Coalville don’t likely care that Newpark developers at Kimball Junction named Newpark’s common drag New Main Street, but the builders are engaged in a row with Park City. Newpark developer Jim Doilney claims his residential and commercial development — with it’s colorful townhouses and multi-storied offices and hotel is a "Main Street-like environment." But the Park City Council and some Main Street merchants have cried foul. "While naming a street Main Street’ in Kimball Junction may create a sense of place and identity, it would create an atmosphere of competition between businesses located at Kimball Junction and those located in Park City," Park City Mayor Dana Williams states in a Nov. 3 letter to Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer. New Main Street winds south through the Newpark development from the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse to Newpark Boulevard. The original development plat identifies the road as New Main, Summit County Engineer Derrick Radke said. "Does that vest the Newpark developers? & I don’t know," Richer said. Though his office tries not to duplicate street names in the county, had the plat called the road New Main Street, "it probably wouldn’t have made any difference," Radke said. According to Doilney, Newpark is about 40 percent developed and will contain restaurants, stores and possibly a bowling alley. Williams believes calling the road New Main Street is a marketing ploy. The Historic Main Street Business Association approached the City Council with concerns about the name in October. "Of particular concern is the potential for confusion of safety and emergency responders when responding to incidents in the region," Williams states in the letter. "& Park City respectfully requests that the road not be named New Main Street.’" But New Main Street signs were still posted Tuesday along the road. County commissioners may discuss a potential name change with the developers and Park City officials Wednesday. "We first want to know what our policy and procedure is," Richer said. "I certainly think it’s a legitimate issue and it’s a concern to Park City Municipal."
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