With housing costs high and availability low, Slopeside Village at Park City opens to address the shortage of workforce housing.
A contemporary midrise housing complex is being completed in phases in the lower Canyons Village by the Cabriolet lift and the transit hub. Once completed, the complex, a public-private partnership, will have 1,153 beds intended to address the area’s need for workforce housing. A qualifier for living there is a salary less than 80 percent of the area’s median income.
The project meets National Green Builders’ Bronze standard for efficiency. It was designed by Park City’s Elliott Work Group (Steve Bruemmer, lead architect; Johanna Monson, construction administrator) and built by R&O Construction.
Slopeside Village offers a lifestyle augmented by thoughtful amenities and spaces designed for socializing and interacting. The amenities and utilities are all included in the rental fee.
On the main level near the entrance is a spacious club room set up for playing table games, pool, and socializing with a refreshment bar.
Anticipating that the workers will have an interest in skiing and boarding, there is an area for secure gear storage.
Similarly, as Park City’s summer allure is more and more around bikes and trails, there is ample secure storage for bikes.
The fitness center is well-equipped for cardio and strength workouts.
Each floor has a glassed laundry room along the hallway. In contrast with the windowless basement laundries I have experienced, it is an uplifting design.
The hallways include some small conversation areas appropriate for meeting up with friends.
There are a variety of room types to choose from that range from two bedrooms and one bath for four persons; three bedrooms and two baths for six persons; three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms for six persons; four bedrooms and two baths for eight persons; and the larger twelve-person unit shown above. Like all the units, it is furnished with a fully stocked kitchen. Additionally, there is living area and dining space in an open-plan arrangement. There are ten bedrooms, and two of these have two twin beds.
Featured above is a single-bed unit, one of eight single bedrooms in the twelve-person unit. It has a refrigerator and armoire.
There are four bathrooms, all with a broad vanity and walk-in shower with a bench.
As I have mentioned before, I worked seasonally in Park City in my early years. At that time, we lived in the former homes of miners. Many had just wood or coal heating, all had thin walls and no insulation, and the places I lived had limitations on plumbing and water supply. Had there been something like this available, I would have been first in line. Kudos to Summit County and its partners for opening the doors of Slopeside Village!
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