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New hotel is slated at The Canyons

Air Force officials announced this week that The Canyons would be the site of a future military hotel. But there was no word Friday about where the military plans to develop at the resort

"With the Air Force’s selection of The Canyons resort area for a privately funded Air Force recreation facility, we look forward to discussion on location specific details and trust we’ll be able to reach an agreement for this facility soon," said Maj. Gen. Andrew E. Busch, the Ogden Air Logistics Commander, in a prepared statement. "We will be working to bring world-class recreation opportunities for our service members one step closer to reality."

The location for the hotel has changed throughout the years.

"It’s been a moving target," Park City Councilwoman Candy Erickson said. "I think for a long time we thought it was going to be outside Summit County."

About 13 years ago, the military intended to build the resort near the Aerie, which many local officials opposed. Critics said the hotel was more appropriate near the base of a ski area.

"The selection of [The Canyons] underscores the value of the collaboration and partnership the Air Force shares with the people of Utah," Air Force Real Property Agency Director Robert M. Moore said. "[The Canyons’] on-site mountain location, immediate access to adjacent comparable facilities, existing branding and strong relationship with Summit County and Park City were important reasons behind our selection."

Air Force officials began eyeing the Park City area when the Hill Haus Lodge, a military recreation spot at Snowbasin, closed more than a decade ago. The military has named the Wadman Corporation to oversee development of the hotel at The Canyons.

The Canyons is owned by Talisker Corp. A Talisker spokesperson could be reached Friday for comment.

Meanwhile, an agreement was approved by the Park City Council on Thursday that provides the framework for military officials to also build a commercial center near The Home Depot. The agreement involves City Hall, Summit County and the state Military Installation Development Authority, which is charged with helping facilitate development on military lands.

The plan would use some of the property and sales tax generated at the new commercial center to help offset the costs of subsidizing room rates at The Canyons for the armed forces. Land for the commercial development would be purchased from City Hall and Summit County, which jointly own a roughly 107-acre parcel in Silver Creek.

Property for the project, which could include more than 1 million square feet of commercial development, would be purchased for about $70,000 per acre, Park City Manager Tom Bakaly said.

The area of the Snyderville Basin where the commercial center is slated is zoned for business and industrial development.

The agreement approved this week also provides an option for military officials to work with property owners at Quinn’s Junction to transfer about 29 acres of land to Park City. But no deal has been reached with the owners of the land, according to Quinn’s Junction Partnership, the owner of the property.

"No agreement has been reached and Quinn’s Junction Partnership is exploring all avenues, including the possibility of a major motion picture studio on its property," Greg Ericksen, a spokesman for Quinn’s Junction Partnership, said in a prepared statement.

The land is situated at the southwest corner of Quinn’s Junction, near the intersection of U.S. 40 and State Road 248.

"In a recent public opinion poll conducted by Lighthouse Research, citizens of Park City overwhelmingly support a motion picture and live television complex at Quinn’s Junction," according to Ericksen.

The land owned by Quinn’s Junction Partnership had been considered a possible location for the Air Force hotel.


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