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Businesses Have Until Sept. 1 to Move Out of Arts and Culture District

Park City Municipal

Tuesday, Sept. 1, is the deadline for most of the existing businesses and tenants to move out of the five-acre site planned as Park City’s new Arts and Culture District. 


Rick Brough reports the deadline tomorrow is the beginning of several important steps for the city’s development of the site.


Park City Deputy City Manager David Everitt said that all of the occupants in the District area, bounded by Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive, got their notice six months ago.


He said most of them will be moved out by the deadline. They have allowed a few occupants until Nov. 1 to move out.


“The Sept. 1 businesses are a bunch of small businesses like Sletta Construction, Thomas Eddington, Panic Button Media, a few of those tenants. And then, looks like Silver King, we’re gonna work with them to have them stay on site for a couple more months. Anaya’s is closing their location there Sept. 1. Couple of the non-profits that are in I think what’s informally called the Clinic Building, they’ve got a couple more months, cause they are finishing up their structure for their new location.”


Everitt said he doesn’t know exactly where the popular grocery store Anaya’s is moving to, but he understands it found a location in the Snyderville Basin.


Ultimately, he said, none of the businesses or other operations are being forced to close.


He said the city has prepared a Master Plan Development application for the District, of over 200 pages, and they’re looking to submit it to the Planning Commission in early September.


They’ve had meetings and Open Houses on the project. The details can be found at the city website “imaginePCarts.org.”


“It really is the vision that has come out of this long process, that includes housing, it includes transit facilities, it includes a very large set of spaces for Arts and Culture work for people to do, includes a really cool plaza area that’s protected by the surrounding buildings, and a significant Food Hall area, and open space that we hope to see a lot of people visiting over time.”


Everitt said the application deals mostly with what’s being planned by the city.


“It certainly has more detail about the city’s facilities, because we’re a little further along in terms of the design, the schematics for those buildings specifically, which are really the majority of the buildings on the campus. While the vision for the Sundance piece of it, and for Kimball’s is coming along, they’re not quite as far along in schematics as the city is.’


But that’s leaving out the plans for the District’s two major tenants—the Kimball Arts Center and the Sundance Institute. We asked if the city’s plan would be affected if something happens to those two major players.


“Well, we live in an uncertain world, no matter what. But at the same time, we have to keep planning, moving forward. Going through the MPD process doesn’t commit anyone to construction. It certainly helps us to move forward and helps to clarify what opportunities and challenges we’re gonna have on the site, I can expect the Planning Commission and the Planning Department to say, “Well, we think that you need less parking, or you need more parking, or we really need to evaluate your building height, make sure that what you’re proposing works. So we’re not committing necessarily to construction with this process. But we are taking steps toward it, so that when we are ready, we can move into that phase without having to wait another six to twelve months while we go through this process.”


Everitt estimated the cost for the city’s portion of the District would be $60-80 million. He said the source for that is the Transient Room tax. That funding has obviously been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and is still a question mark as the winter tourist season approaches.


He said the city is staying within the three-story scale for its buildings and isn’t looking for a height exception—though there may be some additional housing in the middle of the District that increases the height a few feet.


Turning off Kearns Boulevard, the city’s plans show four major buildings west of Bonanza, with some alleys to break up the mass. Everitt said one building is the Food Hall and also the entrance to their underground garage. Two others will be mixed-use structures, including studios. And a building at the corner of Bonanza and Munchkin will be a transit hall and welcome center.


Everitt said demolition of the current buildings could take place in September and October, but will probably be closer to November.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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