Beehive Home receives final approval
July 15, 2011
After eight months of hearings and appeals, the Summit County Council voted unanimously Thursday to grant Beehive Homes a conditional use permit to build a 9,850 square foot assisted-living facility near the entrance of Park Ridge Estates.
Approval had been given once before by the council only to be scheduled for possible reconsideration a week later. After receiving input from residents at two hearings and reviewing Beehive Home’s final building plans and architecture, the council members reaffirmed their prior approval saying the developers had fulfilled all of the legal requirements.
"The structure is too big and incompatible with the neighborhood. But I am voting for it because legally I can’t do otherwise," said council member John Hanrahan.
Bob Jasper, Summit County Manager, said he would make sure all rules and regulations were followed by Beehive Homes during construction to mitigate traffic congestion in the neighborhood.
"It’s not compatible and the law sucks," said council member Sally Elliott, "But I trust that Bob [Jasper] will help with traffic during construction for the neighborhood."
Beehive Homes co-owner Alex Whitt said they plan on being diligent in making sure all rules are followed during construction and that they have no more of an effect than any other construction project in the neighborhood.
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"Our lot is about 1.3 acres and we are only building on a quarter of it, so we will have room to park cars and equipment off the street and out of the way," Whitt said.
The home has been scaled back by 3,000 square feet, making the final size 9,850 square feet with 16 bedrooms, about twice the size of the largest single family home in the neighborhood.
"We are worried about what could replace them, so at this point we just hope they stay in business and are good neighbors," said Park Ridge Estate resident Andre Shoumatoff.
Whitt said Beehives Homes is hoping to receive a building permit by August and begin the first stage of construction before September.
"We’re glad the process is over with and we can begin moving forward with the building," said Whitt. "We certainly didn’t imagine it taking this long."
Beehive Homes Park City is tentatively scheduled to open in the spring.