New Peace House site publically unveiled
Campus will include transitional housing and childcare in a secured facility
When Jane Patten arrived at the site of the new Peace House campus Tuesday morning, she broke out into a wide smile.
Wooden stakes and purple flags outlined the footprint of what will be the new multi-million dollar Peace House facility. The campus will be situated between the Summit County Health Department and Park City Hospital on Round Valley Drive at Quinn’s Junction.
“This is a day that so many of us have been looking forward to and it is really going to happen,” said Patten, facility project director. “We are now on site and can actually see this moving forward.”
Nearly 100 people gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the milestone, including several Summit County and Park City leaders. Peace House has been dedicated to providing shelter, programs and case management to victims in Summit and Wasatch counties while they recover from abusive relationships since the early 1990s.
Karen Marriott, honorary chair of the Peace House Thrive Campaign, and Elizabeth Smart Gilmour, founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, which helps promote programs to prevent crimes against children, spoke alongside Patten and other Peace House leaders.
“It’s a celebration. We have been working on this project for quite a number of years and this was really the first public introduction to the community campus and the whole concept of why we are building this and the importance of it,” Patten said.
More than five years ago, the Peace House executive board began contemplating an overhaul of the services it provides to victims, including transitional and emergency housing in a more public setting. The shelter currently provides short-term housing to victims at an undisclosed location in Park City.
The two-story, 42,000-square-foot facility will include an indoor recreation and child-care center, office space, a courtyard, community and counseling rooms and secure, enclosed parking. It will have 22 housing units, with eight units for emergency shelter, 12 units for traditional housing and two units for employees, which are considered affordable units.
Patten said revealing the location of the shelter represents a trend that is occurring across the country. She added, “It has to do with the ability to have a really good security system and provide that feeling of safety for the victims and their families.”
Peace House leaders have secured more than half of the $11 million required to build the new facility, according to a press release. The campus is not expected to open until late 2018.
Last week, City Hall approved waiving $100,000 of the project’s impact and building permit fees, which total approximately $200,000. Patten said the move is indicative of the partnership the organization has with the city and, additionally, the county.
“If we didn’t do it, there isn’t anyone else who would,” Patten said. “This will be a community resource where we can really come together and support the people who really need it. And, they won’t feel as though they are sequestered, and they are the ones who are behind the wall and hiding. It brings us out of the darkness and out of the shadows to a place where we can provide dignity to those who need our help and are in residence.”
For more information about the Peace House or its services, go to http://www.peacehouse.org.
Editor’s note: This article has been changed to reflect the amount of money needed to build the new Peace House campus and the timeline for construction.
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