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Two Latino Owned Businesses Approved By Snyderville Basin Planning Commission

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  The Snyderville Basin will soon see the return of a popular latino market as well as a new church with walk-up food service.

 

 

  

 

The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission approved two new latino owned businesses in the area. 

The first is Anaya’s Market, which used to be located in Park City. The popular grocery store moved out of its Bonanza Drive location to make way for the Arts and Culture District. 

Commission Chairman Ryan Dickey said the market will be in a larger space - upgraded to nearly 29,000 square feet in two mixed-use buildings. In addition to the store, the buildings will home a restaurant, small offices and 10 affordable housing units.  

"If I lived in Silver Creek, I could shop there, stop, have some food, have an office there," Dickey said during an interview with KPCW. "We allow multifamily residential in our community commercial. And I think - aside from a sort of built in customer base - I think it adds vibrancy to have folks walking around the project and coming in and out."

He said the project requires combining two lots, which raised concerns about the possibility of the future of the property if Anaya’s was bought and converted to a big-box store. 

"Basically if you're within the setback requirements and the requirements of the code, you can sort of fill up the lot, right? So, everybody can imagine their favorite large big box store or maybe least favorite," he said. "And that's what could end up there if you don't restrict the size of the buildings."

The staff added a prohibition on buildings over a certain size on the lots, so a future owner couldn’t buy it and put in a larger retail store.

The commission also approved another multi-purpose building. The Iglesia Cristiana Luz y Verdad is a church that also has a restaurant component. Dickey said there will be outdoor tables and take out.  

"I think it sounds pretty neat," he said. "I mean, I know the financials of a church can be really challenging. And if you have something like a unique little great takeaway place, and if the food's good, and it engages folks with each other, and with the church and the community, I think it's pretty cool."

Parking was an initial concern with the project, so the commission added conditions to restrict street parking for safety reasons. 

But there was another issue that was out of the commissions hands. 

"Unfortunately, we have very little control around state law regarding alcohol," he said. "There was concern around the neighboring commercial owners, it's something like a 600 foot radius around a church where alcohol can't be sold. And we, of course, have a store there that sells alcohol, we have, Alpine Distilling and property owners who would be impacted by not being able to, you know, to rent or sell to tenants or owners who plan to have alcohol."

There is a variance process, which is a request to deviate from current zoning requirements. Dickey said the commission’s hope is that existing businesses can take advantage of that process.

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