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Contractors continue streak

Park City’s busy construction industry tacked on almost $43.8 million to the year’s total in October, the Building Department reports.

According to the department, a hospital under construction in Quinn’s Junction accounted for $16.7 million of the monthly total. Eighteen assorted other projects are valued at about $22.7 million, four houses are worth about $2.4 million combined and approximately $1.9 million in alterations or additions were permitted by the department.

The numbers in October were well over those recorded in September, about $10.7 million, and the previous October, with $17.7 million.

Electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits were mixed between October, September and the previous October.

The department’s inspectors remain busy, with 243 inspections each day in October, down about 23 per day from September but more than twice the number in October 2006.

The construction trade beat its previous $173.3 million record, set in 2006, in September.

Ron Ivie, City Hall’s chief building official, and real estate agents have attributed the big numbers on Park City’s hot housing market. They say many people see Park City as a bargain compared to other mountain resorts like Aspen, Colo., and Sun Valley, Idaho.

The Building Department’s figures represent about one-third of the market value.

Expensive car struck

A man saying his car is worth $100,000 complained to the Park City Police Department that someone struck the sports car in a parking lot.

According to Phil Kirk, a police captain, the man went to Vie Retreat at 1492 Park Ave., got a haircut and left the salon. He saw that his Porsche 911 Carrera, which was left in the parking lot, was damaged, returned to the salon and requested salon staffers ask other customers about the damage, Kirk says.

The police received a report at 3:03 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. Public police logs indicate someone backed into the Porsche.

The captain says a white-colored car most likely hit the late-1990s Porsche, and it left a white mark on the black-colored Porsche.

Kirk is unsure where the Porsche owner is from, but he values the car at the six-digit figure. Kirk says the Porsche suffered damage to the right rear bumper and taillight. He estimates damage at $3,000.

Nobody witnessed the incident.

"They’re fairly tough to solve unless you have some good evidence," Kirk says.

Hit-and-run cases are common in Park City, with cars being struck in parking lots and as they are parked on the sides of roads. It is rare, though, that the police publicize the value of a car.

People with information about the case can call the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s anonymous-tip line, 615-5847.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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