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Major Treasure event slated for June

City Hall and the Sweeney family, seeming on the verge of a breakthrough in the long-running talks about the family’s Treasure development proposal, have planned an open house in early June to outline their ideas.

The open house, slated for June 7, will follow a little more than a month after it was publicized that the two sides are considering a piece of slopeside ground close to the base area of Park City Mountain Resort as a place where some of the development rights attached to the Treasure site could be shifted.

City Hall and the Sweeneys are considering options to eliminate the prospects of development at the Treasure site altogether or reducing the amount of development at the site by 50 percent.

The Treasure site is situated on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort along the route of the lower section of the Town Lift, a part of the resort that is somewhat removed from the land close to the base area being considered as an alternative.

The development proposal under discussion for years at the Treasure site calls for approximately 1 million square feet, consisting of a hotel, residential units and commercial and meeting space.

Jonathan Weidenhamer, one of City Hall’s representatives in the talks, said topics that will be addressed during the upcoming open house will include:

  • the idea of redesigning the Treasure project
  • possible price tags the two options would carry
  • the theory of creating a so-called receiving zone for development rights at the parcel of land close to the PCMR base area that is under consideration. Receiving zones and their counterparts, known as sending zones, were recently created as part of City Hall’s new program allowing some landowners to shift development rights to other land. The land close to the PCMR base currently is not designated as a receiving zone, meaning that the Treasure development rights could not be shifted there until it is designated as one.
  • an outline of longstanding agreements between the Sweeneys and PCMR, which involve wider issues than Treasure itself.

    Weidenhamer said models will be on display showing the Treasure project as it is currently designed as well as additional options designed with less development.

    He expects Sweeney family representatives, a City Hall contingent led by Mayor Dana Williams and PCMR officials will attend the open house. Weidenhamer said Craig Elliott, the architect hired by City Hall and the Sweeney family to draft new designs, is also anticipated to attend.

    Weidenhamer said people at the open house will be asked to complete a nonscientific survey centered on the options and financial matters related to the options. City Hall will likely need to put a ballot measure to Parkites to finance a deal with the Sweeneys.

    He said price ranges could be presented at the open house. Price ranges, if they are publicized at the event, would almost certainly be of great interest to the crowd. There has been virtually no information made public to date about the prices.

    Weidenhamer said he hopes at least 150 people attend the open house. The event is scheduled June 7 from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Eccles Center foyer. Weidenhamer said a presentation will be made to the Park City Planning Commission the next day.

    Mike Sweeney, one of the family members involved in the discussions, said he would like people at the June open house to support the idea of moving some of the development rights to the PCMR land close to the base area.

    "I hope they give it a good, hard look," he said.


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