Treasure developers formally ask to restart polarizing talks with Park City
The Treasure partnership has formally asked City Hall to restart its discussions about the controversial project after a hiatus that has stretched for upward of six years, a move that will rattle both supporters and opponents at a moment when there is not another overriding development dispute in Park City to diffuse the attention.
Pat Sweeney, who represents his family’s side of the partnership, sent a letter to City Hall on Friday requesting that Treasure be brought back to the Park City Planning Commission.
The letter, addressed to Planning Director Bruce Erickson, indicates the partnership will proceed with the development application that was under consideration last in 2009. The application itself dates to early 2004. The letter outlines a schedule starting as early as April 27 and ending with a Planning Commission vote on Sept. 28. The panel is not bound by the schedule.
"It feels right. We’ve looked at alternatives, we talked at length with the city," Sweeney said in an interview, adding, "It’s time to get on with it. It just is."
The Treasure proposal involves approximately 1 million square feet of development on a highly visible hillside overlooking Old Town close to the route of the Town Lift. The Sweeney family in the 1980s secured an overall approval for development on the Treasure acreage and nearby parcels of land. The partnership must obtain another, more detailed permit from City Hall, though, to proceed with the project.
The opposition has long claimed that traffic from Treasure will overwhelm nearby streets like Empire Avenue and Lowell Avenue. Opponents also argue that the proposed design, reaching toward 100 feet in height, will overwhelm Old Town.
There have been sporadic comments, though, from people saying the project could further boost Park City’s resort-driven economy.
It is the most polarizing development dispute inside Park City since the 1990s-era battles about the project that was eventually built as Empire Pass.
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