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Mayor exits housing talks

Mayor Dana Williams, a real estate agent, has removed himself from the talks between City Hall and a private-sector developer about a work force housing project, saying he was involved in the sale of the property to the developer.

Williams said in an interview he represented the person who sold the property to Craig Elliott. Elliott’s firm recently won a loan from City Hall for the project.

The deal between the person Williams represented, Paul Marsh, and Elliott’s side closed in February. In a June letter to Park City Manager Tom Bakaly, Elliott indicated he paid $1,650,000 for the property, which is on the 1300 bock of Woodside Avenue.

City Hall’s conflict-of-interest rules bar city officials from participating in talks about issues they have a financial stake in.

Williams said there was "quite a bit of negotiation" on the price.

The mayor, who has long championed work force housing, said he was not aware of Elliott’s plans for the site when the sale closed. Williams said he declined an opportunity to be briefed on the plans.

Before being elected mayor in 2001, Williams had discussed the property as a possible site for senior-citizen housing.

He said he is not "adverse" to Elliott’s plans to build work force housing.


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