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Friday, lots of space remained for people planning to visit the Quinn's Junction ice rink during its grand-opening weekend, Feb. 25-26, but the availability of spots during the weekend is getting scarce.

Ice rink registration

Friday, lots of space remained for people planning to visit the Quinn’s Junction ice rink during its grand-opening weekend, Feb. 25-26, but the availability of spots during the weekend is getting scarce.Skaters wanting to attend during the opening weekend, when admission is free, must register for one of the sessions. Registration is available on the ice rink’s Internet site, http://www.pcice.org .

Four 2 ½-hour sessions and one two-hour session are available on Saturday, Feb. 25 and four 2 ½-hour sessions are scheduled from Sunday, Feb. 26.

Each session is limited to 350 people.

On Friday morning, at least 66 spots were left in each session on Feb. 25 and at least 83 slots were available for each session on Feb. 26.

The 46,000-square-foot ice rink at Quinn’s Junction features an Olympic-sized ice surface, measuring 100 feet by 200 feet.

The rink cost $4.8 million and will anchor a recreation complex that will also have playing fields for sports like softball, soccer and lacrosse.

For more information, visit the rink’s Internet site.

Treasure Hill comments

Charlie Wintzer, a member of the Park City Planning Commission, recently distributed a one-page summary of traffic-related questions he wants answered before he could decide whether to vote for the Sweeney family’s Treasure Hill project.

Wintzer released the summary as the Planning Commission held a hearing regarding the controversial development proposal.

In the summary, Wintzer indicates he wants answers to a range of issues, such as whether it is possible to widen roads, add sidewalks and provide space to store snow.

"Someone will need to show me we can do these things," he wrote.

Other information Wintzer wants includes:

( Where pedestrians will walk.

( What the effects are on off-street parking if Lowell and Empire avenues are widened to accommodate the development.

( What the turning radius is for the biggest trucks at intersections nearby the land.

( Whether City Hall can commit to expanding snowplowing in the neighborhood and increasing parking enforcement on the streets.

"We got off the traffic study and here are the areas I would like to see more information on before I could make any decisions," Wintzer wrote.

The Treasure Hill project, proposed for a hillside just west of Old Town, on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort, is the most controversial development application now under consideration at City Hall.

Among other complaints, the critics say that cars will clog neighborhood streets but the Sweeney family claims that the streets can handle the expected traffic.

The family’s application requests 282 units including condominiums, townhouses or hotel suites and 19,000 square feet of commercial space.

The Planning Commission is not yet scheduled to vote on the application.

The Sweeney family holds longstanding development rights on the land and is now pursuing the necessary approvals to proceed.

Building figures dip

Park City’s construction trade started 2006 down from the first month of 2005, the Building Department reported.

According to the department, about $3.9 million in construction was tallied in January, down from the $8.6 million recorded in January 2005.

The department issued 58 building permits, more than in December and in January 2005 but the ones issued last January were much more valuable.

The department said, in January, permits for four single-family homes were issued, valued at about $2.2 million. One multi-family permit, encompassing four units, received a permit, worth $884,772.

Electrical permits were up, plumbing permits were stable compared to last year and mechanical permits increased from 2005.

In January, the Building Department averaged 187.9 inspections per day, down slightly from December but up significantly from the 100.7 daily average in January 2005.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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