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The Park City Fire District recently won an approval to build a fire station at 1798 Deer Valley Drive, a facility that the district said is necessary because crews are busier now than before.

The district plans to build a 5,320-square-foot station, according to a report submitted to the Park City Planning Commission before its ‘Yea’ vote.

Tricia Hurd, a spokesperson for the fire district, said crews plan to break ground after the ski season and the fire district wants the facility finished by February 2007.

The fire station will house two bays for vehicles.

Hurd said the station is estimated to cost $1.2 million.

"We’re growing and becoming busier and busier," Hurd said, explaining why the new station is planned and adding that traffic is more of a concern for the fire district than before.

She said the number of calls the fire district responded to increased 22 percent from 2004 to 2005.

Hurd said the fire district is considering how to staff the station.

The fire district plans to build another station, possibly on a parcel of land off Holiday Ranch Loop Road, on the edge of Park Meadows. City Hall owns the land and negotiations between the two are ongoing.

Hurd said the fire district, if the two new stations are built, would shut down its Park Avenue station. Mayor Dana Williams has mentioned the site of the Park Avenue station as a potential spot for an affordable-housing development.

PCMR annexation

The Park City Council on Thursday agreed to allow United Park City Mines to proceed with a request to annex 2,800 acres of land into the city.

The vote was expected and it does not bring the land into the city’s limits. The land is located just west of the base area at Park City Mountain Resort and stretches to Empire Pass, which is under construction in Deer Valley, according to a report submitted to the elected officials before the vote.

Now, UPCM will launch more detailed discussions with the government. The Planning Commission will first consider the annexation and make a recommendation to the City Council, which has the authority to accept or reject the application.

The acreage would be protected as open space under a deal that would be struck between UPCM and City Hall. The development potential on the land, though, would be transferred to land nearby Deer Valley Resort’s Empire day lodge, where UPCM wants to build a luxury hotel known as the Montage.

The City Council recently seated a task force of elected officials and Planning Commissioners to consider the annexation request.

The 2,800 acres are located on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort.

Housing program

Mountainlands Community Housing Trust is seeking people to participate in what is called the ‘mutual self help housing’ program, in which people help build the homes where they will live.

The housing is in rural Summit County. Prospective homeowners agree to work at least 30 hours per week for between 10 and 12 months to build the houses.

Mountainlands provides the lots of land and plans for the houses. Applicants must have a qualifying income and credit.

The houses are being built in the North Bench Farms, a subdivision in Oakley. They have three bedrooms and basements.

Mountainlands and the federal Department of Agriculture will offer training, supervision and support while the houses are built, according to a release from the housing trust.

Mountainlands wants to start the project in the spring or when between eight and 10 people have secured loans.

The participants would build the homes with help from a construction supervisor. The people who will live in the subdivision, though, are expected to build 65 percent of the home.

Nobody is allowed to move in until all the homes are finished, according to Mountainlands.

Twenty homes in Summit County have been built through the program and eight more are under construction, Mountainlands said.

Mountainlands is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing housing options for people otherwise priced out of the resort-driven local real-estate market. The group, for instance, is building an affordable-housing project on Deer Valley Drive and compiles a list of available rentals.

For more information, call Mountainlands at 647-9719.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger

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