Treasure ‘biggest blight yet,’ so said a future Planning Commissioner

Steve Joyce pledges fairness even after strongly worded message in 2009

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Posted:   04/18/2014 04:25:43 PM MDT2 Comments

 

It was late in the morning on Jan. 17, 2009 when Steve Joyce pressed the send button on an email to City Hall.

Joyce’s message went to Katie Cattan, the planner who was assigned to the disputed Treasure development proposal at the time. It was one of many messages officials received during one of the peaks in the discussions about the project, envisioned as upward of 1 million square feet of development on land overlooking Old Town along the route of the Town Lift. The opposition by then had already spent nearly five years stressing issues like traffic and the size of the proposed buildings as reasons the project should be rejected as designed.

Joyce added his take on Treasure, which then was referred to as Treasure Hill. His message and others were attached to a report about Treasure released in anticipation of a Feb. 11, 2009 meeting of the Park City Planning Commission. He mentioned traffic and the look of the project in his message. He said the Park City community was “already plagued” with traffic, large retailers like Walmart and the loss of the image of a mining town.

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Treasure Opposition: Project ‘Completely Infeasible’

Group disappointed talks between developer, City Hall were unsuccessful

The leader of the Treasure opposition group said on Monday the development is “completely infeasible,” signaling that there are more questions now than prior to start of negotiations between City Hall and the Treasure partnership about shifting some of the project’s development rights elsewhere.

Brian Van Hecke, a cofounder of the Treasure Hill Impact Neighborhood Coalition, said in an interview the group is “disappointed in the result of the negotiations.” He said the coalition was hopeful that a deal could be reached but not surprised one was not struck.

Park City officials last week announced the negotiations had collapsed. The talks had stretched from the spring of 2010. City Hall and the Treasure partnership had been in discussions about the possibility of moving half of the development rights attached to the Treasure acreage to another location. Several sites were under consideration. Van Hecke’s group had wanted an agreement reached to shift all of the development rights from the Treasure site itself to the base area of Park City Mountain Resort.

A representative of the Sweeney family — one of two partners owning the Treasure acreage — said last week a development approval would be aggressively sought with the end of the negotiations. The Treasure side intends to return to the Park City Planning Commission with the same project designs that Van Hecke’s group opposed, likely propelling the sides into a similar dispute as the one that transpired prior to the spring of 2010. The Treasure side and City Hall officials met last week to discuss upcoming steps.

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Treasure talks take on urgency as Williams’ administration nears its end

Sides continue to meet privately, progress could be made in coming weeks

Posted:   10/25/2013 04:38:16 PM MDT

City Hall and the Treasure developers continue to meet weekly as the sides attempt to craft an agreement, but little has been made public about the discussions in recent months.

Jonathan Weidenhamer, who manages the municipal government’s economic development programs and is assigned to the Treasure negotiations, said in an interview this week the sides hope to make progress over the next two months. He declined to discuss the talks in detail, though.

There will be a change in the mayor’s office early in 2014, as Mayor Dana Williams retires after 12 years as Park City’s top elected official. Treasure remains perhaps the highest-profile piece of City Hall business that remains unfinished as Williams enters his final two months in office. Treasure has been before City Hall through much of Williams’ administration, but the development talks stalled years ago. It has seemed Williams wants to reach a resolution to Treasure or at least make significant progress toward one by the time he leaves office.

“There’s a sense of urgency to try to get something to progress by the end of the year,” Weidenhamer said, acknowledging he is unsure whether an agreement will be reached by then.

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Treasure Development Deal in the Works

The Park City council could strike a deal with the developers of Treasure by the end of the years to move some of the density of the town’s biggest proposed development off the Old Town hillsides.  KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has this update.

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Discussions about Treasure development quietly restart

City Hall wants a resolution to the long-running dispute about project

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORDparkrecord.com

Posted:   05/14/2013 05:11:04 PM MDT

Representatives from City Hall and the Treasure partnership in recent weeks began meeting regularly for the first time since last fall, a high-ranking municipal staffer said in an interview, an indication that there could be movement upcoming in the long-running talks about the project.

Jonathan Weidenhamer, who directs City Hall’s economic development programs and is assigned to the Treasure discussions, did not provide details about the meetings that have occurred recently. He called them “weekly updates” and “progress reports.”

It seems likely Weidenhamer and possibly at least one elected official have represented the City Hall side. The Treasure partnership has typically been represented by a member of the Sweeney family and someone in attendance on behalf of the family’s partner.

The discussions have been held behind closed doors as the sides attempt to reach an agreement on a development blueprint for the Treasure acreage itself as well as the prospects of shifting some of the development rights attached to the Treasure land to another location.

“We want to get it resolved,” Weidenhamer said, adding, “It continues to be a priority.”

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Treasure negotiations nearing another deadline

Major movement seems unlikely by the fast-approaching date

Jay Hamburger The Park Recordparkrecord.com

The long-running negotiations between City Hall and the Treasure partnership about a conservation deal appear on the verge of collapsing, a scenario that could result in the partnership pressing forward with a polarizing development application after more than 18 months of conservation talks.

The two sides set in December set a March 19 deadline, next Monday, for the current round of negotiations. It seems certain that no agreement will be reached by Monday. It is also highly unlikely an extension to the March 19 deadline could be negotiated by that date since the Park City Council does not meet this week.

The most recent movement in the Treasure talks came in late December as the partnership delivered to City Hall a nearly $93 million price tag for a complete buyout of the development rights on the hillside acreage on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort overlooking Old Town. Park City leaders rejected the price.

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Mayor: counteroffer for Treasure would be ‘fruitless’

He says the nearly $93 million price tag was millions above City Hall’s appraisal

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Real estate negotiations typically go something like this: one side puts a number onto the table, the other side makes a counteroffer and the buyer and seller then attempt to negotiate a price.

That’s not what will apparently happen in the case of the discussions between City Hall and the Treasure partnership about a conservation deal for the partnership’s hillside acreage overlooking Old Town.

Mayor Dana Williams, who is one of City Hall’s negotiators, said in an interview the municipal government is not currently preparing a counteroffer to the Treasure side’s dollar figure. The mayor, a high-ranking real estate agent in the years before the recession, said officials probably will not craft one at all.

“At this point, it’s unlikely City Hall will counter that,” the mayor said on Monday, less than a week after officials made public the Treasure partnership’s price tag for the land.

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