District officials eye Basin Fieldhouse expansion
The second and final expansion of the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District Fieldhouse is one of the last projects district director Rena Jordan will be involved with before her resignation next month.
Jordan, who has been in her role for nine years, recently announced her decision to step down as director just as the project is entering the final stages of approval. Jordan and district officials are scheduled to meet with the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission Tuesday, Feb. 9, to request a conditional-use permit.
"It’s the right time to leave here," Jordan said in a recent interview with The Park Record.
The 30,000-square-foot expansion is part of the $25 million bond voters approved during the 2014 election season. Of the $25 million, approximately $8 million is dedicated to recreation facilities, including the Fieldhouse, located in Newpark.
"Everyone is really excited about having a larger space and a gymnasium," Jordan said. "It is very exciting and I’ll try and be there when they cut the ribbon."
Last spring, the project nearly made it through the design phase, Jordan said. However, unexpected fees prevented its approval and groundbreaking.
"We had to take a timeout because there was a fee that was due with the original developer and based on the amount, it was a lot larger than the project could afford," Jordan said. "So we worked pretty hard over the months following. The original developer and the Swaner family worked with us to get the fee to a place that make the project feasible at the fieldhouse location."
District officials began exploring the prospect of constructing another facility on a newly purchased 17.3-acre parcel. In July, the district closed on the property, located along Pace Frontage Road and north of the Silver Summit Business Park.
The property, which officials have said would be ideal for another indoor facility, is surrounded by 80-acres designated for a park that will be part of the Silver Creek Village Center, a residential development slated to include more than 2,000 residential units.
"We were at that stage that if we needed to pay that type of fee we began to consider if it made more sense somewhere else, but clearly we wanted it in that location," Jordan said. "We had already met with design committee and Newpark and already started to fall in love with how the building was looking.
"It took nine months to figure it out, but now we can go forward with the project," she said.
The expansion will include three heated outdoor-lap lanes and a multi-purpose indoor gymnasium. It will be adjacent to the current 65,000-square-foot facility and situated behind the splash pad on the west side of the building. The entitled density for the 2.5-acre property is 112,000 square feet.
Tuesday will be the first time the project will go before the entire planning commission. Two commissioners sat on the design review committee. A public hearing on the issue is scheduled at 6 p.m. at the Sheldon Richins Building.
"If everything goes fine at the planning commission we will present to our board in March and then break ground as soon as possible," Jordan said. "We will have a lot of work to be done, including all the details of design and making sure we have the budget to do what we want to do, but we are realistically hoping we can begin digging in May."
To view the district staff report when it is available, go to SummitCounty.org/AgendaCenter.
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