Editorial: May Day marked critical moment for Park City workers
The Park Record editorial, May 6-9, 2017
It was just by coincidence that Monday, May 1, a day when the rank-and-file workers of the world are celebrated, marked a critical moment for the work force of Park City and Summit County.
On the date known as May Day, there were important moves made by City Hall and the not-for-profit Mountainlands Community Housing Trust that are meant to advance the difficult but important efforts to ensure there are housing opportunities for the work force. Many workers toil in low-paying jobs in the hospitality industry while others are solidly middle class but still cannot afford the pricey Park City-area housing market.
It is well known that leaders in Park City and Summit County, as well some in the not-for-profit sector, see housing as a pivotal issue that will define the community in coming decades. Housing, they say, has impacts well beyond the address of a particular residence. Commuter traffic, the diversity of the population and the broad ideal of quality of life are affected by housing, they claim.
The moves on Monday will press forward the efforts in Park City and the Snyderville Basin, two places where housing opportunities are difficult for the work force.
Inside Park City, after a year of work, City Hall finished the approximately $6 million purchase of part of The Yard just off Kearns Boulevard. Leaders have not completed blueprints for the piece of ground, but it is likely City Hall will develop the parcel with housing built for the work force or similar groups.
It was a bold move by City Hall that illustrates the ongoing commitment to housing in Park City over the years. The details must still be considered, but it is expected that the leaders will aggressively pursue a project at the location.
In the Snyderville Basin, Mountainlands Community Housing Trust said it intends to build a sizable, income-restricted housing project at Silver Creek as part of a wider development. The prospects of nearly 100 units of restricted housing there are welcome as land inside Park City or at the municipal limits becomes so scarce. It also showed a bold approach to addressing the area’s housing issues.
Although May Day is not typically commemorated with any zeal in the Park City area, the workers of the community should be pleased with the actions on that date this year.
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