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‘Don’t we have enough empty, undervalued condos in this town now?’

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

A critic of the Park City Heights development proposal — the project that partners City Hall with The Boyer Company — recently sent a message to the city’s Planning Commission, saying "don’t we have enough empty, undervalued condos in this town now?"

The Planning Department this week released Jen Seabury’s e-mail, dated Oct. 13, as the panel was preparing to continue its discussions about the Quinn’s Junction development idea. Seabury’s message said she is "just concerned" about the proposal.

"And is just this another let Boyer get rich deal," she said in the e-mail.

Seabury’s message also touches on whether research into wildlife at the development site has been completed and whether enough study has been done into the environmental effects of the project.

"The last low income housing was pushed in on wetlands behind the new post office and police station," the message said, referring to the City Hall-built Snow Creek Cottages work force development. "And now another huge project on our open space we paid for?"

Meanwhile, Seabury also mentions what she describes as the asphalt "garbage dump" close to PC Hill along the S.R. 248 entryway. She said the site "looks like a NJ dump."

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The Planning Commission on Wednesday continued its discussions about the project, but the panel was not scheduled to make significant decisions. More talks are slated for later in 2010.

The City Hall-Boyer Company partnership is seeking an approval for 239 units of development, with 160 of them being houses that would be sold on the open market and 79 of them being set aside as work force units that will be sold to people who qualify through their incomes. The work force units will be split between City Hall, The Boyer Company and Intermountain Healthcare, the developer of the Park City Medical Center.

There has been little interest from regular Parkites in the discussions, making the message from Seabury some of the most notable input recently. Another person, Sally Fuegi, in October also sent a letter to the Planning Department, commenting about issues like driver access to the Park City Heights site.

City Hall paid The Boyer Company $5.5 million for a 50 percent stake in the Park City Heights land. Park City leaders saw the deal as a rare opportunity to develop a large bloc of work force housing.