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With Woodside Park Phase I Ready For Occupancy, City Looks Ahead To Other Housing Projects

Lynn Ware Peek

As Park City works toward a goal of bringing 800 affordable or attainable housing units online by the year 2026, the city has an update on the status of some of its upcoming housing projects.

Park City Housing Development Manager Jason Glidden says the city is in the investigation stage for the prospective affordable housing development at 100 Marsac Ave. After taking public feedback, consultants are evaluating the feasibility of the project, and Glidden anticipates reporting to the city council with an update at the beginning of next year.

“Our first step was really getting out to the community and finding out what their thoughts are, what their concerns were, as far as that site, especially with the neighbors close to the site," Glidden said. "But we went outside of that and went to other stakeholders throughout the community and identified a list of concerns, whether they be soil or they be access,  traffic, pedestrian walkability.”

While the application process for the city’s Woodside Park Phase I units has opened, the second phase of the development is caught up in an appeal process. Glidden says the Park City Planning Commission’s initial approval of the Woodside Park Phase II development was appealed, then re-approved by the planning commission. That second approval is now also being appealed. Glidden says the appeal will likely go before the Park City Board of Adjustment for consideration in December.

“We're only looking at one issue, which is the setbacks," Glidden said. "That's going to be reviewed again, and we're hopeful that we'll get through this process quickly, so we can break ground and deliver more community housing to this area.”

The city also has some units planned for the Homestake area, but Glidden says those are on the backburner while the Woodside Park Phase II appeal is sorted out. Looking further ahead, the city’s arts and culture district planned for the Bonanza Park area will feature affordable housing units as well.

“As with any development and any master planned development, they have housing requirements—the art and culture is no different," Glidden said. "They will have a housing requirement, and we’ll actually look, probably, to exceed that. We're looking at rental properties for both art and culture and Homestake—we're not going to continue with the ownership portion of it because we have seen and heard the demand for rental.”

Of the 800 units to be built either by the city or private developers to meet Park City’s 2026 goal affordable housing goal, 66 have already been built, while 440 are in the works. Nearly 300 units have yet to be identified.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.
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