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Farewell To The Maverick On Bonanza

With the closure of the Maverick gas station on the corner of Kearns and Bonanza, Park City now offers just one place to fuel up inside the city limits.

The Maverick has occupied the corner of Kearns and Bonanza for decades. An abrupt end came last week, when with little fanfare, pumps were removed, and the doors shuttered. 

The gas station and convenience store served as an ad hoc gathering spot for workers on their way to Deer Valley or other parts of the city. Coffee, donuts, fuel and lunch items were standard fare. However, with the development of the Arts and Culture District, all the tenets had been given a September 1 deadline to vacate.

Newly hired Deputy city manager David Everitt says they had been renting month to month and received the letter of intent to close on April 1. By April 2nd, the operation was shut down.

“We just wanted to make sure we had a clear and predictable deadline for all of the tenants so that they could plan accordingly. And Maverick was one of them. M y understanding is that just based on the economic situation they then evaluating their businesses across the portfolio, they gave the city notice last Thursday that they were planning to close permanently and immediately.”

Everitt says it was a quick closure based on when notice was given to the city. But he says businesses are not operating by normal standards in this time of COVID stay-at-home orders. Maverick has obligations to clean up the area as part of their lease agreement and they’ll have to comply with state and federal regulatory clean ups.

“Get that out and the quicker we can make that happen because until you get in there, you don't know what you're dealing with and the sooner we can figure that out the quicker we can make it happen. You know acknowledging those tanks and that facility has been there a long, long time. And so, you know these types of cleanups are never simple and so the sooner we can get in and get working on it the better.”

The Arts and Culture District development is a private public partnership with the Kimball Arts Center, Sundance and Park City all working together on the project. With the health crisis underway, there is no room tax coming into the city. City Council member Tim Henney says the revenues were used to purchase the land and with businesses shut down, they have a lot to take under consideration.

“And everybody has their own circumstance and situation that they have to work through. This health disaster, natural disaster related to the COVID-19 could have impacts for any one of those or all of those partners and I would say it's impacting all of those partners. So that's one that we have to look at and think about and you know kind of reassess.”

Henney says they’ll know more about how the Art and Culture District project will proceed by July when budgets for 2021 are finalized.

“I think the Art and Culture District is one of those that would benefit from being shovel ready because there's a significant transportation component to it and there's also an affordable housing component. Both of those are likely to see increased funding from the federal and state level as far as a recovery package. And we want to be in a position to benefit and capitalize on that. You know we're going to be opportunistic with some of that.”

Everitt says the Olympic Flame sculpture will remain in place on the corner for the time being.

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