Park City developer wants to put a King’s Crown on land |

Park City developer wants to put a King’s Crown on land

Planning Commission poised to begin talks about slopeside project

by Jay Hamburger

The Park City Planning Commission on Wednesday is scheduled to hold its first meeting about the Kings Crown development proposal, designed for approximately 14 acres on the west side of the 1200 block of Lowell Avenue. A firm called CRH Partners, LLC wants to win an approval for 72 units, including 16 that will be restricted affordable housing.

A developer on Wednesday is poised to begin discussions with the Park City Planning Commission about a project on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort, a proposal that is expected to be heavily scrutinized in coming months given its size and location.

The King's Crown development is designed to be built on approximately 14 acres on the west side of the 1200 block of Lowell Avenue just south of the Marriott Mountainside at PCMR. The land is located off the resort's King's Crown run.

The developer, called CRH Partners, LLC, is seeking an approval for 72 units. Twenty-seven houses are proposed. The rest of the units would be in multifamily buildings. Sixteen units described as restricted affordable housing are proposed. The 16 affordable units are approximately double the number the developer would be required to build under City Hall's housing rules. No ski lifts are proposed.

"Any developer would hope they get a positive reaction. We are certainly hopeful we will," said Hans Fuegi, a figure in CRH Partners LLC.

Fuegi is a longtime Park City businessman known for his ownership of the Grub Steak Restaurant. CRH Partners, LLC also involves Rory Murphy, a prominent Park City developer, and Chuck Heath, who is also a developer. CRH Partners, LLC acquired the land in January from another business entity that held the land for decades on its own or through its principals.

Fuegi explained CRH Partners, LLC is not seeking the maximum number of units that would be allowed through municipal zoning at the location. He also said the project does not require exceptions to height restrictions. He said the proposal is not "overly dense" and will not "change the whole look of that hillside."

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"We feel that's the right thing to do," he also said.

The developer, meanwhile, says in a submittal to City Hall it will eliminate nearly 300 lots that were long ago put on the plat map of Park City. The 295 lots could "create a very difficult situation for the City going into the future," the submittal says. Historic plat maps have caused issues for City Hall during the various modern-day building booms as owners have pointed to the maps as evidence of development rights of some sort.

"This proposal does away with these lots forever and does not allow someone to take advantage of the frailties inherent in a century-old plat," the submittal says.

It is unclear how detailed the Planning Commission discussion on Wednesday will be as the panel is presented with the project for the first time. It seems almost certain the Planning Commission will eventually address issues like traffic and the designs of the project in great detail during future meetings.

It is also unclear what sort of public response the project will generate. Fuegi said crowds at two neighborhood meetings were "very receptive" to the designs. The King's Crown location, though, is in the vicinity of the long-disputed Treasure acreage, where a developer wants to build upward of 1 million square feet and has encountered resistance from the neighborhood and members of the Planning Commission. It seems that King's Crown could attract attention from the critics of Treasure as well since the parcels are close to each other.

Fuegi hopes the project wins a Planning Commission approval no later than the start of the 2017-2018 ski season, which is anticipated in November.

The Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. in the Park City Council chambers at the Marsac Building. A hearing is planned and a model of the project is expected to be on display.