The Canyons bows out of Air Force hotel negotiations |

The Canyons bows out of Air Force hotel negotiations

The military has scrapped plans for developing a hotel at The Canyons, according to a prepared statement from Air Force officials.

Officials announced in May that The Canyons would be the site of a future Air Force resort. The military has retreats that offer room discounts to servicemen and women.

But according to Robert M. Moore, director of the Air Force Real Property Agency, Talisker, which owns The Canyons, dropped out of the hotel project in May.

Talisker has withdrawn its proposal to develop the Air Force hotel at the Snyderville Basin ski area, Moore said in a prepared statement.

The Air Force has since selected Park City-based DDRM to join Wadman Corporation in building the military resort in Wasatch County, according to Moore.

DDRM Chief Executive Officer Stan Castleton said military officials hope to have a hotel on a roughly 100-acre parcel east of U.S. 40 near Jordanelle State Park. The land sits across the highway from the Deer Crest gondola.

Castleton said he was one of three developers who submitted hotel proposals to the military.

"We’re having ongoing meetings with them and we’re trying to get all the details worked out," Castleton said Tuesday. "This thing is so complicated. It’s going to take a long time."

Developing the hotel at The Canyons was the military’s initial choice. Castleton said he does not know why discussions between Talisker and the Air Force fell apart.

"I know absolutely nothing about it," Castleton said.

A Talisker spokeswoman was not immediately available.

The Air Force began looking for land in the Park City area when the Hill Haus Lodge, a former military recreation spot at Snowbasin, closed more than a decade ago.

"Selecting a parcel to replace the Hill Haus and a developer with the ability to successfully create the project was a lengthy process that required close collaboration with local communities," said Dennis Guadarrama, a representative for the Air Force Real Property Agency.

Castleton’s past projects have included the Main Street Mall and St. Regis Deer Crest.

Meanwhile, an agreement remains in place between Park City, Summit County and the state Military Installation Development Authority, which was formed to help facilitate development on military land. The agreement provides the framework for military officials to build a commercial center near The Home Depot. The plan envisions using some of the property and sales tax generated at the new commercial center to help offset the costs of subsidizing room rates for the armed forces at the hotel. Land for the commercial development could be purchased from City Hall and Summit County, which jointly own a roughly 107-acre parcel in the Silver Creek area.

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