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Construction season taking off around Summit County

Construction is underway on a project on High Mountain Road at the base of Canyons Village at Park City Mountain Resort. It is one of several projects that are currently underway. While county officials anticipate a busy year, they say it won’t be record breaking.
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The melting snow and warming temperatures are indicators that the construction season in Summit County has arrived.

County planners are likely to stay busy this season, with several large projects expected to break ground and near completion throughout the Snyderville Basin over the next couple of months, especially at Canyons Village at Park City Mountain Resort.

Officials say construction is expected to somewhat mirror last season. They aren’t necessarily anticipating a record-breaking year.

“We may be slightly ahead, but not by much,” said Pat Putt, Summit County’s community development director. “The Canyons base area is probably going to be the hottest of the hot spots out there right now.”

While building numbers were up in January over the previous year, there was a slight drop in February, Putt said. He attributed it to the heavy snowfall.

“March seems to be ticking back up so I think February was just sort of a bit of an anomaly,” he said. “If we are going to surpass where we were last year, it will probably be due to the fact that we will see more activity in Silver Creek Village.”

Several projects are already 
underway in the Basin and at Canyons Village, including the Lift hotel, a 61-unit project adjacent to the Sunrise lift. The 114,000-square-foot hotel is expected to be completed in the fall.

Pendry Residences Park City, a luxury condominium development, is slated for the space between the Hyatt Centric Park City, Sunrise Lodge by Hilton Grand Vacations and Sundial Lodge. Pendry Residences will occupy 268,000 square feet in the Canyons Village, with 40,000 square feet of retail space on the plaza level. The lot is currently used as a parking lot.

Pendry Residences is expected to go before the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission in the coming weeks for a review.

Other projects that will be under construction this summer include: Yotelpad, a 144-unit project situated in the upper village; Ridge at Canyons Village, a 44-unit townhome development; and the Hotel Ascent, which will occupy 72,000 square feet.

Several condominium projects will also be underway in White Pine Canyon Village and at the Residences at Blackstone.

Most of the construction at the Canyons Village is spurred by the Summit County Council’s 2017 approval of the new Canyons Village Master Plan. The plan allows for the reconfiguration of approximately 2.3 million square feet of development in the upper and lower village. The change in layout of the base area will include more hotels, a parking garage and workforce housing. Construction could begin on the workforce housing this summer.

“That’s the thing that people always forget — the Canyons is only about 1/4 built out,” said Ray Milliner, a Summit County planner. “It seems like it is ramping up this year. A lot of this is the result of the amendment to the Canyons Village Master Plan. I anticipate a similar pace in the coming years.”

Construction is expected to commence at Discovery Core, slated for the area just south of Kilby Road and the Weilenmann School of Discovery, and Silver Creek Village Center, a 240-acre residential and commercial town center slated southeast of the Interstate 80 and U.S. 40 interchange. Discovery Core will provide 97 units, with 30 earmarked as affordable.

“We’ll start seeing more construction over at Silver Creek,” Milliner said. “It’s got 1,300 units and we’ve approved two subdivision plats for some townhomes and single-family units.”

Officials say there is no indication that construction is slowing down, with the trend leaning toward continued development and growth, particularly near the Interstate 80 and U.S. 40 area. An application for the Marketplace at Silver Creek LLC, a major housing and retail development near the intersection of Silver Creek Drive and U.S 40, is still awaiting approval.

“We don’t think it will be extraordinary, but it will be busy,” Putt said.


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