“Permanently Preserve the Land as Open Space”
Park City Municipal Corporation and the owners of the Treasure Hill Project are negotiating an agreement to purchase 100 percent of the Treasure Hill Project to permanently preserve the hillside as open space and prevent any future commercial or residential development. The parties have an agreement in principle to provide a final purchase agreement and sale price for City Council and community consideration at their regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
The proposed buyout would consist of the City purchasing the entire project, ending decades of community uncertainty. The purchase would be contingent upon a voter approved general obligation bond to be placed on the November 2018 ballot.
“Despite the best efforts of City staff, Planning Commission, and our technical experts, we were unable to meet the specificity and certainty that the public and City were requesting of our partnership,” said property owner Elizabeth Rad. “Though we remain committed to returning to our project proposal if this 100-percent buyout attempt fails, we have reluctantly come to the table with something the community has long sought and, to be fair, we have resisted – a full buyout of our development.”
Mayor Andy Beerman states: “Ultimately, my goal has always been to put the entire property into an open space conservation easement to prevent development and protect Old Town. Once and for all, we may have a chance to resolve decades of community anxiety and angst. I am excited the Treasure Hill partnership has finally accepted our request to present a full buyout of Treasure Hill. I want to thank the public, Planning Commission, staff, and the media for their persistence and participation.”
The City had already suspended the Main Street Plaza project and is currently reevaluating other ways to reduce the ultimate bond amount for voters to approve. In addition, the City will consider additional capital projects and other expenditures that can be deferred in order to reduce the amount of the bond.
From Park City.org – December /24/2018 by Jay Hamburger