Three buildings face demolition
The Historic Preservation Board this week determined that an Old Town house is historically significant but three other buildings are not, decisions needed before the owners are allowed to demolish all or parts of their properties.
According to the Planning Department, the board found 605 Woodside Ave. to be historically significant. That means it cannot be razed.
The board, though, found that additions at 964 Empire Ave. were not significant to the history of Park City. That allows the property owner to take down the additions.
At 1127 Woodside Ave., the board found that a garage on the property is not historically significant, a determination needed before it could be torn down.
The board found that 1161 Park Ave. is historically insignificant, allowing it to be demolished. The Planning Department says that it appears that the house dates to the 1960s but was modeled after one that was there at an earlier time.
City Hall typically desires that Park City’s historic houses remain standing if they are safe and there is a method to refurbish them.
The local government, Park City’s history buffs and many others say that Old Town’s historic homes are charming and set the city apart from lots of other mountain resorts that do not have the same colorful history as Park City.
Throughout Old Town there are houses that, years ago, were decrepit but then refurbished as the city’s standing as a winter resort made it economical to do the renovation work.
City Hall gives out matching grants for selected work on historic houses, an example of the local government’s desire to preserve Old Town.
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