Air Force wants resort at Quinn’s Junction |

Air Force wants resort at Quinn’s Junction

By Patrick Parkinson, of The Record staff

Department of Defense officials reaffirmed their support this week for building a potentially 600-room hotel at the sagebrush-lined east entrance into Park City.

The plan, which could plop a large mixed-used development with a hotel and movie studio at Quinn’s Junction, would cause traffic congestion on State Road 248 and harm views in an area that was designed as open space, hotel critics say.

This spring, the Utah Legislature passed a bill that makes it possible for military officials to cooperate with private landowners at Quinn’s Junction to build the project without local planning ordinances interfering.

Officials in Summit County, who hope to stop development of the hotel at Quinn’s, thought combining lots near the cabriolet at The Canyons to house a hotel with about 250 rooms would entice the Air Force to build at the ski resort. The military aims to replace a ski lodge that was demolished at Snowbasin about a dozen years ago, which provided discount room rates to servicemen.

But military officials said they are not interested in building at The Canyons in an e-mail to The Park Record Wednesday.

"We have spent the last couple of years working with Summit County on [The Canyons] site. We hired a recreational facility developer to study the site and also employed an independent consultant to conduct an in-depth analysis of this parcel," according to the response from the Department of Defense. "The results were presented to the Air Force and the Air Force determined this site would not work for our facility."

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Air Force officials say local politicians have been invited to participate in talks about "the potential selection of the Quinn’s Junction site for a mixed-use development that would include our facility."

"During March 2009 discussions with county officials, we again outlined our concerns," according to the statement to The Park Record. "To date, the county has not officially responded to our letter."