County happy with Quinn’s annexation
June 5, 2012
As the result of over two decades of litigation and a lawsuit that could have cost Summit County around $ 70 million, Park City and the county courthouse agreed to allow Quinn’s Junction landowner Greg Erickson to build a movie studio, digital media complex, and hotel on his property, whether that land became part of Park City or remained in the unincorporated section of the county.
Last week, the Park City Council voted to annex the 29-acres into the city limits, giving them oversight and design control of the estimated 374,000 square-foot Raleigh Studio project, in what Summit County Council member Chris Robinson called "the right choice."
If the City Council had denied the annexation, the studio would have still been allowed as part of the settlement agreement, but it would have been about 30,000 square feet smaller and part of Summit County, not Park City.
"In our agreement, the county would only take back the land the studio was going to be built on as a second choice for all parties," Robinson said. "We are glad they decided to annex it and for a long time have assumed they would annex that area. It is surrounded by city property and this way they will be able to set the theme for a building that will be at the entryway. It will be a high-density project and those belong in a city."
Robinson added that the city can pay more attention to the project and has more of a stake in the area.
Summit County Manager Bob Jasper said that the city annexing the property was the best choice for everyone.
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"The city can now choose the details and give the project proper oversight," he said. "I always felt it was too much density and I still feel that way, but it was the best solution to the lawsuit. The city will be able to provide more services than we could if the studio was in the county."
According to Jasper, the only downside of the city annexing the area is that Summit County loses some property taxes.