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County Council Chairman Armstrong Comments On Interactions With Park City

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Previously, we reported on a meeting where Summit County and Park City officials did not seem to be on the same page about what will happen at the Bonanza Arts and Culture District.

County Council Chairman Roger Armstrong commented afterward.

County officials on November 18th said they were concerned about a transit center being located in the Arts and Culture District.    Park City representatives said that was news to them.

Roger Armstrong said they’re just trying to discuss how the facility is going to be done.       

“At some point along the line, there was, for grant purposes and other purposes, there was a discussion about where the terminus, where the endpoint would be if there were BRT on 248.  And I think a pin was put in the Arts and Culture Center, with the notion that we’ll have further discussions about it.   Those further discussions just did not materialize.   And now that a lot of this is starting to become  more real—Park City is about to start moving dirt and doing things on an active basis.  So now is the time to have those discussions.  I don’t think the county has said, we are absolutely gonna say No to a transit center anyplace.   We just need to figure out how that’s gonna work.”

He said some items, going back to the original announcement of the Arts District, need to be discussed.      

“When former Mayor Thomas announced that that parcel was being purchased, and what was gonna be there, Nate Rockwood walked several of us through what that entire development would look like.  And there was a mention of 400 parking space there.    That may have changed since.  But that was the thing that caught my attention the most.   How are we gonna get cars into 400 parking spaces and a transit center at that location?  It’s likely possible, and I hope that Park City has done the analysis to figure out how that flow works.  That I don’t believe has been fully shared with the county yet.   So it’s all speculation, and it’s all worthy of discussion.”

On a related item, changes affecting Park City’s senior center have led to questions for  the county—in particular, about their open parcels, Gillmor and Cline-Dahle.       

“The city has made a decision that they wanted to build affordable housing on the spot where the senior center is.   And we’ve now got seniors that are being displaced.   And they’re now coming to the county saying, ‘You have to fix this.”  So a senior center is something that’s also on our list.  But until we go through a development process with those parcels, prioritize uses on each parcel, and figure out what we wanna do, go through a full public development process, we can’t do anything there, and certainly not by April.”

Summit County Council Chairman Roger Armstrong.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covers Summit County meetings and issues. KPCW snagged him from The Park Record in the '80s, and he's been on air and covering the entire county ever since. He produces the Week In Review podcast, as well a heads the Friday Film Review team.
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