The Park Record editorial, May 21-24, 2011
Two ambitious projects that could significantly alter Park City’s landscape will be on display for public review in the next few weeks. Concerned citizens should take full advantage of both opportunities.
Mark J. Fischer, the developer of Bonanza Park, is hosting an open house this coming Wednesday, May 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Blind Dog Restaurant on Kearns Boulevard. He is hoping that residents and business owners surrounding the property, which is located in the area southwest of the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive, will attend and take an active role in helping to shape the plans.
As proposed, Bonanza Park could contain as much as 940,000 square feet of residential and commercial development in a centrally located part of the city that was once primarily industrial. Plans call for demolishing several old structures and creating a new neighborhood interspersed with local businesses.
Then, on June 7, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Eccles Center foyer, the developers of Treasure, along with representatives from the city, have scheduled another important open house. Treasure is the million square foot project proposed for the hillside above Old Town along the Town Lift route at Park City Mountain Resort. The landowner holds longstanding development rights at the site for a mix of hotel, residential and commercial units.
In addition to displaying a model of the proposed project, city representatives and the landowners will present some alternative scenarios that could help to scale down the size of the Treasure. Those alternatives could include asking voters to buy down some of the density or allowing some of the density to be moved to other areas of the city. Attendees will be asked which of the alternatives they support and whether they might be willing to approve a ballot measure to shrink down some of the buildings that could be put there.
These meetings will give citizens valuable insight about two projects that could have enormous impacts on the city’s future. They also offer citizens an opportunity that is rare in bigger communities to speak directly to the developers and city officials who will decide on the final versions of those projects.
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