Subdued neighbors criticize Treasure Hill
Neighbors on Wednesday criticized the Sweeney family’s Treasure Hill proposal but the testimony seemed subdued compared to past hearings and the controversial project did not draw interest from lots of people, a change from past discussions.
The Park City Planning Commission hearing lasted 25 minutes. Six people testified. The critics reviewed their longstanding opposition to Treasure Hill, which, with its location on the edge of Old Town, has drawn more interest than other development applications that City Hall is considering.
Pat Sweeney, who represents his family, said does not like to forecast how Treasure Hill meetings will unfold.
"I’m really bad at predicting who will show up and what the tenor of the meeting will be," Sweeney said.
The Sweeney team on Wednesday outlined its plans for the construction crews, including how they will get to and from the Treasure Hill site, located just off Empire Avenue at the Lowell Avenue switchback.
The team said that the construction trucks would travel up Lowell Avenue and down Empire Avenue. Workers would be shuttled to the site but they said a place for them to park had not been determined.
The crews might build a temporary wooden walkway, similar to ones often seen in big cities, so people would not have to walk in the street during construction, they said.
The team said that the largest truck that would be used during construction is about 70 feet long. They said a truck-washing station is planned to clean trucks leaving the Treasure Hill construction zone.
They said that material excavated from the site would be moved onto the surrounding mountain, not trucked out of Old Town. They said that decision eliminates 150 trips per day by trucks at the site. Kirsten Whetstone, the City Hall planner assigned to the application, indicated, however, that some of the material may be contaminated, which would require it to be moved off the site.
The construction crews intend to work from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on weekdays with some work on Saturdays. They do not plan to work on Sundays.
The team plans to publish a monthly newsletter about the progress and create a World Wide Web site that would provide daily updates regarding the work.
The testimony on Wednesday included statements lamenting the amount of trucks that will be used during the construction and, repeating what has been said at past hearings, that Treasure Hill does not fit in the neighborhood.
Brian Van Hecke said a new road should be considered above Lowell Avenue for Treasure Hill. He complained about notices for Planning Commission meetings, charging that people did not realize there was a hearing on Wednesday. He said the roads are not adequate.
"It’s not safe now," he said.
Peter Barnes suggested that a concrete mixing station be built at the Treasure Hill site, which he said would reduce the number of trucks driving to and from the site.
The Treasure Hill application requests about 282 units, like condominiums, townhouses or hotel suites, and 19,000 square feet of commercial space. The development would be split between two sites on the 11.5-acre land Creole Gulch and what has been dubbed a midstation parcel, both located just west of Old Town, nearby the Town Lift.
The Sweeneys hold development rights on the land dating to a 1986 approval of the project’s overall parameters and are now seeking the permit needed to proceed. The current round of discussions with the Planning Commission started in early 2004.
Pat Sweeney said he hopes for a Planning Commission vote on the application by the end of April.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to continue its discussions at a meeting on March 1.
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