I moved to Park City in the late 1970s and have witnessed a lot growth, to say the least. It has been amazing to watch this growth and the growing pains associated with it.
This brings me to my issues and concerns. For those residents who aren’t familiar with the newest and largest construction project at 205 Main St which is located, on the West side of Main St, between Grappa Restaurant and the old Imperial Hotel. Take a trip to Main Street and see this project firsthand and imagine the actual shadow this building is going to project on Main Street
After listening to the Candidate Forum on KPCW, on Thursday morning, Oct. 22. Hope Melville asked Andy Beerman (incumbent) how the 205 Main St project got approved on his watch, while on the City Council. She said he had been notified two years prior to the start of the construction, because he is a Main Street business owner (Treasure Mountain Inn). Mr. Beerman said, that the 205 Main project didn’t go before the Planning Commission or the City Council. He said there was a loophole that allowed the project to proceed. He also said that he didn’t feel the city had a legal leg to stand on — to stop the project. He said, "A mistake had been made." How can this be? Was the city council and Mr. Beerman that disconnected to what happens on Main Street?
On another note — there were two recent, but different, KPCW reports and interviews in which two members of City Council (Beerman and Henney) were giving their opinions on a new proposal of how to possibly regulate the Main Street property owners and the rental properties with increased licensing fees or possibly subsidizing lessees or even the property owners to keep the "Mom & Pop" businesses on Main Street Does this mean the Park City taxpayers may possibly subsidize all small business owners/property owners within the Park City limits or would it just apply to Main St businesses?
This is supposed to be the Park City Council, not the Main Street Council. On this matter, I feel the city council may be overstepping their boundaries. Main Street is a supply-and-demand product and maybe if the city council had seen fit to enforce the Main Street master plan, to the 205 Main Street project, there would be five or six more retail spaces on Main Street possibly offering affordable rents, for the independent small business owners.
When I moved to town, Main Street was actually the center of a quaint little ski town. The hardware store, the grocery store, the only post office, the Electric Company, 90 percent of the restaurants, the Elks Club and all of the private clubs. The retail growth of Park City has naturally spread to the open areas, to the North (NoMa – North of Main). Now, the Kimball Art Center, the hardware store, grocery stores, movie theaters, post office and more restaurants and bars then were ever on Main Street., in the 7’s and 80s. Like it or not, the BoPa (Bonanza Park) area is probably going to be the new center of Park City.
One thing is definite the city council members are elected officials and it may be time to replace the one incumbent, in this race, and put new blood in all three of our City Council seats. Hope, Nann, Rory, Dan or Becca. Stay informed on our town’s present issues and PLEASE VOTE.
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