Learn all about the Quinn’s Junction movie studio project
March 27, 2012
City Hall has created a page of the municipal website dedicated to the Quinn’s Junction development proposal involving a movie studio.
It is not clear when the page was posted, but it was likely within the last few weeks. The Park City Planning Commission is considering the project and led a visit to the site last week.
The Planning Commission will soon be asked to recommend whether the land where the project would sit should be annexed into Park City. The Park City Council is not bound by the recommendation of the lower panel. If the land is annexed, another set of meetings would be held before the development itself is approved or rejected.
A firm known as Quinn’s Junction Partnership is pursuing the annexation. Raleigh Studios would be the key tenant. The project would entail 374,000 gross square feet of development, including studio space, lodging and retail square footage.
The page includes a sketch of the layout of the project, which would be situated off the southwest corner of the S.R. 248-U.S. 40 interchange. The annexation request involves 29 acres. The page also outlines a timeline for the City Hall process, with meetings through the middle of April.
"The parcel has been designed as a film and media campus consisting of film studio stages, offices, support retail (and) lodging, food services, recreation, entertainment (and) festivals," the website says. "There will be a strong focus on the public realm as expressed in active, walk-able plazas, and buildings oriented toward the more public spaces."
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Meanwhile, City Hall has posted links to important documents related to the development proposal. Some of the documents posted on the website include an annexation agreement in which City Hall agreed to consider bringing the land into the city limits, a study of wildlife habitat at the site and traffic studies dating to 2009 and 2007. There is also environmental information.
The annexation discussions follow what had been long-running talks about locating a movie studio in the Park City area. City Hall, the County Courthouse, the Statehouse and the landowner had at various points been in discussions.
A settlement between the landowner and Summit County leaders called for Quinn’s Junction Partnership to attempt to annex the land into the Park City limits.
There has been support for the project from the state’s filmmaking industry, but the Planning Commission has expressed concerns about the project itself and the shortened timeline that it is being considered under.
A key Planning Commission meeting is set for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Marsac Building. A hearing is scheduled.
Annexations normally take longer to consider than the timeline that has been agreed to in the settlement.
The page dedicated to the project is accessible from the front page of the City Hall website, http://www.parkcity.org . Once at the front page, select the ‘Living Here’ button and then ‘Community Development.’ Then select ‘Quinn’s Junction Partnership – Annexation.’