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Nine raise hands to assist City Hall with business side of development

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Nine individuals or firms submitted proposals that met City Hall’s requirements to assist officials with the business side of the Park City Heights development, the project that partners the local government with The Boyer Company.

Phyllis Robinson, who acts as a spokesperson for City Hall and is involved in the municipal government’s work force housing programs, said the nine are either from Park City or the Salt Lake area.

A City Hall committee will review the proposals before Robinson recommends which one should be selected. She said she hopes one of them is hired by the end of November. Robinson anticipates the work by the firm or the person will last until March.

The Park City Council is not required to approve a deal since it will be valued at less than $20,000. Robinson said it is anticipated to be priced at between $15,000 and $18,000. The elected officials must approve City Hall contracts above the $20,000 figure.

"It’s a real interesting mix of people, mix of proposals," Robinson said about the nine, describing that they have a broad range of expertise.

City Hall wants to hire a person or a firm as talks continue about Park City Heights, a development that will be situated at Quinn’s Junction. The partnership between City Hall and The Boyer Company is highly unusual for the local government, with City Hall paying $5.5 million in 2009 for a 50 percent stake in the Park City Heights land. Park City officials see the agreement as a means to build a large bloc of work force housing.

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The local government, though, does not keep a person on staff to handle the business side of the development. Robinson has said she anticipates the person or firm that City Hall hires will be assigned duties like monitoring the relationship between the municipality and The Boyer Company and devising a strategy for financing the infrastructure for the development.

The partnership is seeking an approval for 239 units of development at the southwest corner of Quinn’s Junction — 160 of them being houses that would be sold on the open market and 79 of them being set aside as work force units available to people who qualify through their income. The work force units will be split between City Hall, The Boyer Company and hospital operator Intermountain Healthcare.

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