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Ground broken on Eccles family’s Goldener Hirsch Residences

Gov. Gary Herbert, other officials tout project in Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Village

Officials, including Spencer F. Eccles, Gov. Gary Herbert and Park City Mayor Jack Thomas, participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for Goldener Hirsch Residences in Deer Valleys Silver Lake Village. The condominium building will be a sister property to the Goldener Hirsch Inn, which is owned by the influential Eccles family.

Many decades ago, Spencer F. Eccles fell in love with the Hotel Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg, Austria, while visiting on a vacation.

In 1992, he and his family jumped at the chance to purchase a boutique inn in Park City named after the renowned Austrian hotel. Now, 25 years later, the Eccles family is readying to put its finishing touch on their vision for the property.

In a ceremony Tuesday at the Goldener Hirsch Inn in Deer Valley, the Eccles family — known in Utah for its philanthropic work and Spencer's F. Eccles' involvement in the 2002 Winter Olympics — broke ground on the Goldener Hirsch Residences, a neighboring develpment that will feature 39 luxury condominiums on the last remaining open parcel of land at Silver Lake Village.

"I truly believe this project will be a great addition to the Silver Lake Village at the No. 1 ski resort in the United States of America," said Eccles, addressing the crowd before the groundbreaking.

Among the officials who attended the groundbreaking were Park City Mayor Jack Thomas and Gov. Gary Herbert, a longtime friend of the Eccles family. In remarks before the ceremony, Herbert thanked the Eccles for their contributions to Utah and said Goldener Hirsch Residences will represent the family's persistent belief in the future of the state.

"Congratulations to one and all," he said.

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In addition to the condominiums, the property will feature a bridge connecting the residences with the Goldener Hirsch Inn, a rooftop pool and an après ski lounge, among other amenities.

Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort, which will manage Goldener Hirsch Residences, said in an interview that the property will be "transformational" for the Silver Lake Village. For years, the parcel of land has been a parking lot, but the condominiums will fill out the area.

"There's been a lot of insight that's gone into the planning here," he said. "They've said, 'What do we need up here?' And that has been successfully incorporated into this project."