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Silver Star club approved

The Silver Star developers recently won an approval to put in a private club at the slopeside project.

The Park City Planning Commission unanimously OK’d the club, which will be called The Shaft. The name is in honor of the nearby mining-era Spiro Tunnel.

Rory Murphy, a member of the Planning Commission and the lead Silver Star developer, recused himself from the vote and left the room while the panel considered the application. Nobody from the public testified.

Chris Conabee, one of the development partners, said the club will be situated close to the building that houses the Sundance Institute’s Utah headquarters and next to a work force housing building on the grounds.

He said a building sits at the site that once was at the entrance to a silver-mining shaft. Conabee said the developers plan to add about 1,300 square feet to the 800-square-foot building. He wants to install a glass wall and lights that will illuminate the shaft.

He said The Shaft will be a "small local bar with a pretty amazing view down the tunnel."

The developer will own the building, and Conabee plans to lease the square footage. He wants to open The Shaft during the upcoming ski season. Silver Star does not provide parking for the public, and Conabee expects skiers, people who own Silver Star units and neighbors will frequent The Shaft.

A City Hall report submitted to the Planning Commission beforehand indicates The Shaft will not serve lunch and not have a kitchen.

Silver Star sits off Three Kings Drive on the edge of Park City Mountain Resort. Decades ago, the land was an important site for Park City’s mining industry. Silver Star has long been touted as an arts-and-skiing development, with the Sundance offices and artist programs situated close to the slopeside residences.

Jay Hamburger


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