This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2017, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.
The city is securing a 5.25-acre parcel of land in the Bonanza Park area, with a price tag of $19.5 million, city officials announced recently. A 1 percent transient room (lodging) tax is being proposed to pay for the initial land purchase and site development.
The Park City Council will consider approval of a purchase agreement in meetings Thursday and July 20.
The parcel sits on the corner of Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard about midway between two familiar Sundance Film Festival venues, the Eccles Center Theatre and the Doubletree Yarrow Hotel. The Kimball Art Center's temporary location is now on that land, as is a Maverik convenience store.
Under the plan, Sundance would erect a new office building, projected at 45,000 square feet of space, that would include archive space and an arts venue. Kimball would build a new headquarters, between 30,000 and 40,000 square feet, that would include galleries, studio space for artists and craftspeople, and an interactive children's center.
The city would build and maintain a 400-space parking facility and a transit hub. The city also would create between 60,000 and 90,000 square feet of building space, as well as open spaces and common areas, meant to support the "arts and culture" concept.
If the council approves the deal, the city and the two arts organizations would team up in the planning and design process, which would happen this year and next. Groundbreaking is projected for 2019.