The figure who owns nearly all of the Silver Queen Hotel on Main Street is undertaking a major renovation of the property that is expected to be completed by the fall.
The hotel sits at the high-profile Main Street-Heber Avenue intersection and is under the ownership of Ken Abdalla, a relative newcomer to Park City development circles who has invested heavily along Main Street in recent years.
Joe Wrona, an attorney who represents Abdalla, said demolition work is ongoing inside of the building and then the property will be redone. The roof of the building will be removed in coming weeks as the construction crews add a penthouse unit atop the building.
The crews, meanwhile, will redo the elevator and stairways, redesign the commercial square footage on the Main Street level and redo the guest rooms.
Wrona said Abdalla anticipates operating the building as a condominium-hotel during the 2013-2014 ski season. He could eventually sell the individual units as condominiums, Wrona said.
City Hall earlier issued a permit allowing the demolition of the interior of the building. One of the units inside is not under the ownership of Abdalla. That one is not being demolished.
The Park City Building Department determined that people besides the construction crews should not be allowed inside during the work. A sign issued by the Building Department has been posted on the Silver Queen Hotel ordering people not to enter and saying that the building is unsafe to be inside.
Kurt Simister, a Building Department official, said the Silver Queen Hotel work has rendered the alarm system inoperable and fire safety features have been removed from the stairways and the exits. He said the ability to exit the building in an emergency has been compromised.
Simister said the owners of the unit that is not Abdalla's were notified they could not go inside in late April. The couple is from California. Wrona said the couple has been understanding and cooperative.
Abdalla acquired a series of buildings along Main Street as the downturn in the economy wore on. His portfolio includes properties on three of the four corners of the Main Street-Heber Avenue intersection. He has been remodeling or otherwise reinvigorating the portfolio recently.