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Big buildings, big meeting

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

The Park City Planning Commission is scheduled to continue its long-running talks about the Sweeney family’s idea to build Treasure at a Wednesday meeting.

The panel is expected to discuss the proposed design of the project, such as the size of the buildings, and whether it fits in the location.

A two-hour Planning Commission discussion is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. A hearing is slated to start at 8 p.m.

The meeting is scheduled in the Park City Council chambers at the Marsac Building.

The Sweeneys want to build Treasure on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort, just off streets like Empire Avenue and Lowell Avenue. The Sweeneys want an approval to build 200 hotel rooms, 100 condominiums and commercial and meeting space.

The family holds longstanding development rights at the site as part of a broader approval dating to the 1980s, but the Sweeneys must convince the Planning Commission that the current proposal is in step with the earlier decision.

The discussion on Wednesday will likely involve the layout of the development and the size of the proposed buildings.

Pat Sweeney, who is leading the efforts for the family, recently led Planning Commissioners and regular Parkites on a walking tour of the site, which overlooks Old Town. He pointed out the parts of the land that would be developed and talked about the building sizes.

The tallest of the buildings would climb to more than 100 feet. Another nearby would climb to nearly 100 feet. The Sweeneys argue that much of the building’s height would be built below the grade of the hillside, meaning that only a small part of it would be visible from most vantages.

They also say that the leaders who long ago approved the Treasure development rights preferred taller buildings on the grounds as opposed to additional smaller ones that would have crept into land that will be kept undeveloped.

Past hearings have drawn opposition from people in the neighborhood and a scattering of disapprovals from elsewhere in Park City.


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