What is the Park City Arts and Culture District?

    As a new center for Park City’s creative economy, the District will be a place for local working artists, creatives, makers, students, and residents of all ages, to gather, create, collaborate, learn and discover.  A partnership between Park City, Kimball Arts Center and the Sundance Institute will create a new center for an already thriving, creative community and will grow a more vibrant year-round economy.

    How did the project come to be?

    In 2017, Mayor Jack Thomas and the City Council approved the purchase of a 5.24-acre parcel located at the corner of Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard. The City purchased the land to avoid a large "visitor-oriented" development and to ensure that the neighborhood maintained its focus on services for locals. This decision inspired a plan to create a world-class arts and culture experience for local artists, students, makers, and creatives. In late 2017, the City and its partners engaged consultants, Rob Woulfe and Duncan Webb, to conduct a detailed needs assessment to understand better how other arts and culture districts developed and performed and to develop preliminary concepts for governance, operations, communications, and activation.

    What is the proposed funding for the project?

    The preliminary funding plan includes local transit funding as a source for the transit portion, housing authority bonds as the source for affordable housing, and bonds serviced by the City’s 1% transient room tax to fund the city’s arts and culture portions of the project. Kimball Art Center and Sundance Institute will purchase their respective parcels from the city and will independently fund development and construction of their buildings. Proceeds from the sale of land will provide an additional funding source for the city’s portions of the project. Click here to see the proposed funding sources.

    How has the public been involved in the project?

    The Arts and Culture District has been an important topic of public discussion for several years.  While the project took a bit of a hiatus in 2018-2019, the team began re-engaging the community and key stakeholder groups in early 2020 to generate input on initial building concepts, designs, and programming ideas. The team assembled a Design Committee comprised of artists, residents, and community leaders to meet over four weeks during the summer of 202 to provide input on the schematic design.  There have also been a number of community presentations, news stories, zoom roundtables and public meetings to gather public input and comment. Click here to see our public engagement report.

    How will the community be involved moving forward?

    As the project moves into the master planned development review process, there will be multiple public meetings organized around various aspects of project design.  There will also be future engagement with various non-profit arts groups regarding details of project components and programming.

    When will construction begin?

    Site prep and demolition has begun.  If the project moves forward, construction is anticipated for fall 2021.

    Who is the planning and design team for the project?

    Lake Flato Architects and MHTN Architects are the project architects, and GTS Development Services is the project manager for Park City.

    Who will operate and manage the project?

    The project team is currently focusing on developing governance and operating agreements that will guide the day-to-day management of the Arts and Culture District. An owners’ association will be formed among the project partners to address management, maintenance, upkeep, and scheduling of shared facilities. Park City will continue to own the programmable spaces within its buildings and will develop a strategy for operating them in collaboration with the project partners and the local arts community to ensure that the District achieves goals for activation and accessibility.

    Sundance Institute and Kimball Arts Center are not shown on the site map. Are they still involved?

    Both Sundance Institute and Kimball Arts Center remain as committed and important partners in the Arts and Culture District, and plans are still in place for them to move their Utah headquarters to the District.  

    Will the District compete with Main Street businesses?

    The Arts and Culture District is designed to be a complement to Main Street and will not serve as a commercial district. The new community amenity will be a multi-disciplinary space for local visual, media arts, performing arts, immersive learning, culinary arts, and community celebrations. District plans include a small amount of retail space; however, this area will serve as a cooperative space for local artists to create their work and not as a commercial gallery. The District will also have a food hall that will include small food stalls for emerging culinary entrepreneurs to launch their concepts and will contain a flexible event space that could offer cooking demonstrations, host small banquets, and serve overflow seating.

    What is going to happen to Anaya’s Market?

    Anaya's has indicated it will relocate to a new location. As the district develops, they may consider adding a new location closer to the project.

    What will happen to the Recycling Center?

    The City will relocate the Recycling Center to Quinn’s Junction.

    How will the project mitigate traffic impacts?

    Ensuring that the Arts and Culture District does not contribute to Park City’s traffic issues is a critical priority for Park City. The project team is proposing specific strategies to reduce the number of private automobile trips needed in and around the District. The three elements of the proposed strategy include: 1) Extending Munchkin Road to connect with Homestake Road and create a new roadway access to the site from Park Avenue that does not currently exist. 2)Prioritizing pedestrian and bicycle access to the District through the new east-west street connection that consists of a multi-use pathway and pedestrian amenities; 3) optimizing transit connections with direct access to the District from the new Quinn's Junction Park and Ride facility, and 4) Exploring innovative transit components that will act as a local connections for the area.

    What is the total projected soils mitigation cost, and does that cost include the parcels that will be sold to the arts partners, or are the partners assuming costs for mitigating their own soils?

    Soils mitigation - which includes excavating the material and moving it to the management facility the City is constructing at the Gordo site -  is built into the overall construction costs. The vast majority of the excavated area is for the parking structure, with a small portion expected for connections to the Partners’ properties. The cost is estimated to be $2.2 million.

    How much parking will be included in the project?

    The District will include an estimated 225 stalls of either underground or structured parking.

    How many affordable housing units are in this project? How will rentals work?

    There are 50 affordable housing units included in this project, including microunits, studios, one-and two-bedroom apartments. Some will serve as live-work artist studios. Units will be rented to residents who work in Park City and make 45% of Summit County’s area median income (AMI) with a minimum 6-month lease required.

    How was the community engaged in the early phases of the project?

    In 2017, Park City, along with consultant firm Webb Management Services, Inc., launched a public outreach effort to understand better the Park City community's needs and desires for an arts and culture district. The project team gathered information from one-on-one interviews, an online survey, and public meetings held throughout 2017. This early visioning and feedback suggested that the community wanted a multi-disciplinary space for visual, media, and performing arts, immersive learning, culinary experiences, and community celebrations. The public also indicated that the project should be accessible, augment existing programming, support students and the creative community, and be an authentic gathering place for locals. Finally, the community also wanted to ensure that the District would enhance the quality of life, promote Park City’s already thriving creative community, and grow a vibrant local non-snow economy.

    How is COVID-19 affecting the project?

    In the era of COVID-19, the City and its project planning team are moving forward cautiously and purposefully to create an amenity that brings value to our community while remaining conservative in projections and programming. Current planning and design for the project will allow for the District to be "shovel ready" in the late spring of 2021. Before that time, the City Council will determine if it is feasible to proceed with the project’s construction.

    In what ways will the design be modified to accommodate modifications for a future pandemic? (i.e., social distancing, virtual learning, etc.)

    The project will include design features to provide resilience during future pandemics including design for indoor-outdoor spaces, natural ventilation and outside air circulation, enhanced mechanical air filtration, and vertical (displacement) ventilation to minimize interior recirculation of air.

    What are the plans for snow removal and storage within the District?

    The Park City Public Works Department will manage snow removal in and around the District. With a staff of 20, snow removal crews can work 24 hours a day from November 1 through April 30 and use set standards and guidelines to ensure that excess snow on and around the site is stored safely and strategically.

    How will the District meet the City’s sustainability goals?

    Park City has a goal to be net-zero and run on 100% renewable electricity for all City-owned buildings and operations by 2022 and for the whole community by 2030. The Arts and Culture District supports this goal and aspires to be a net-zero carbon district. The project team is working with net-zero energy consultants to pursue sustainable design and operation using cost-effective measures to reduce energy usage through energy efficiency. Additionally, the project will use materials with a low carbon footprint and will work with the project partners to perform annual energy audits to ensure that the buildings are performing efficiently.