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Park City Secures 5.25 Acres to Create City’s First Dedicated Arts & Culture District
Anchor partners include Sundance Institute & Kimball Art Center
PARK CITY, UT (July 7, 2017) – Park City Mayor Jack Thomas and City Council announced today a major new initiative to solidify Park City’s rich history of arts and culture. On July 13 and 20, the Park City Council will consider approval of a purchase agreement for a 5.25-acre parcel in the City’s Bonanza Park neighborhood for $19.5 million to form the City’s first-ever Arts & Culture District, with Sundance Institute and the Kimball Art Center as anchor partners. Park City plans to impose a one-percent transient room (lodging) tax to pay for the initial land purchase and development of the site. Sundance Institute and the Kimball Art Center have signed letters of intent to purchase land in the new district from the City and will participate in a joint planning process with the City, with the goal of building venues as part of the district.
“Artists help preserve the soul of their communities,” said Mayor Thomas. “This district will enhance our town and community over the long term, and collaborating with two of Utah’s most recognized cultural institutions will galvanize Park City’s place as a cultural hub of the West.”
In addition to Sundance Institute and the Kimball Art Center building headquarters and art venues for their respective organizations, the district will house other arts and culture-related amenities and infrastructure, including a transit hub, parking, commercial space, and affordable/attainable housing for residents and artists.
“Park City has been home to our Sundance Film Festival for more than 30 years, and together we have supported and celebrated filmmakers from around the world,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. “We are excited to explore how the creation of a permanent space in Park City can help advance our nonprofit mission to support independent artists throughout the year.”
“We could not be more thrilled to be partnering in this project,” said Kimball Art Center Board Chair Maggie AbuHaidar. “More than forty years ago, arts enthusiast Bill Kimball created a gathering place for the Park City community to experience the transformative power of the arts. This joint venture with the City and the Sundance Institute will take Mr. Kimball’s mission to the next level, by creating a new and inspiring gathering place, with increased access to arts education, exhibitions, and events, in the heart of Park City.”
“From a municipal perspective, the Park City Arts & Culture District is unique: it will advance the arts and culture economy in Park City and generate revenue for key programs without raising taxes on local residents,” said Capital, Debt & Grants Budget Manager Nate Rockwood. “It will also help diversify and complement the major drivers of our resort economy by providing year-round programming for residents and visitors.”
The design and planning process is expected to begin as early as August. Through this joint planning process, the City will strive to create a district that inspires creative expression while ensuring design compatibility and compliance with the General Plan and Land Management Code. This will allow Park City to collaboratively shape the future of the Bonanza Park area by partnering to secure approximately 20 percent of the landmass in the area and developing a vision of a sustainable, walkable, livable, vibrant community Arts & Culture District.
ELEMENTS OF THE AGREEMENT
- Park City intends to purchase 5.25-acre parcel in Bonanza Park for $19.5-million to create the Park City Arts & Culture District.
- Funds for purchase, development, and maintenance will be generated by overnight visitors via a one-percent municipal transient room tax. No additional taxes assessed on Park City residents.
- Sundance Institute and the Kimball Art Center will purchase from the City the land. The Kimball Art Center intends to develop new public arts facilities and organizational headquarters on the property, and Sundance Institute intends to build an arts venue and year-round office. In the event either organization chooses not to build on the property, they will have the right to resell the land to the City or a third party.
- The District will be jointly planned, designed, and executed through a public-private partnership composed of Park City Municipal, the Sundance Institute, and the Kimball Art Center.
- This initial agreement specifies that Park City, Sundance Institute, and the Kimball Art Center will engage in a collaborative planning and design process. This process will strive for a design that is both artistically and architecturally significant and compatible with Park City’s General Plan and zoning and Land Management standards, such as height and design standards.
- Park City will build and own underground, surface, and structured parking facilities that will support the use of the district.
- Park City will build and operate the Bonanza Park Transit Hub within the district.
- Park City will create open spaces and common areas in addition to approximately 60,000-to-90,000 square feet of City-owned building space designed to support and complement the arts and culture concept.
- Community benefits include diversifying the local economy and destination offerings; expanding and enhancing the local arts and culture base; and providing cultural amenities for residents and visitors.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Park City Arts & Culture District: 5.25 acres
- Sundance Institute Office: 45,000 square feet (projected). Facility will include archive space.
- Kimball Art Center: 30,000-to-40,000 square feet (projected). Facility will likely include galleries, studio and maker spaces for painting and drawing, ceramics, metal-working, glass fusion and other disciplines, photo labs, and an interactive children’s center.
- Parking: 400 spaces, provided through a combination of surface, garage, and underground facility City will fund and maintain.
- Mixed Use Space: 60,000-to-90,000 square feet, including a mix of retail, dining, and office units, as well as potentially affordable/attainable housing.
- Collaborative Planning & Design Process: 2017–2018
- Projected Groundbreaking: 2019
About Park City Municipal Corporation
Park City Municipal Corporation is a political subdivision of the state of Utah. A former silver mining town, Park City is now home to two world-class ski resorts and was the mountain host for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. The town of 7,500 also hosts many special and cultural events, including the Sundance Film Festival and Kimball Arts Festival. Park City has been named America’s Best Mountain Town by Travel & Leisure Magazine. www.parkcity.org
About Sundance Institute
Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theater, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S., primarily at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah, and internationally. Sundance Institute serves as a dynamic incubator of film, theatre and music artists, connecting audiences to artists through its public programs including the Sundance Film Festival and igniting new ideas, discovering original voices and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Boyhood, Swiss Army Man, Manchester By the Sea, Brooklyn, Little Miss Sunshine, Life, Animated, Sonita, 20 Feet From Stardom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
About Kimball Art Center
Kimball Art Center inspires and connects through art. Art Starts Here™.
The Kimball Art Center (KAC) is dedicated to providing arts access, education, engagement and experience to everyone. Through its exhibitions, educational arts programs and events, KAC provides a platform and a place for artists and arts enthusiasts to come together to explore, celebrate, develop and cherish the creative spark that lives within us all. KAC believes that art brings meaning, joy, direction, community enhancement and inspiration to the 85,000+ community members the center serves each year. KAC knows that art changes lives and brings people together, sustaining Park City’s vibrant community and catalyzing positive change in the world.
The Kimball Art Center’s largest event of the year is the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival held in August, which brings over 225 jury-selected artists from around the country to Park City for approximately 50,000 attendees to enjoy. Now in its 48th year, the event brings approximately $20 million in annual economic impact to Utah. www.kimballartcenter.org