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Proposed site of Highland Flats development listed for sale

PARK CITY, Utah — The site of the proposed Highland Flats development, a controversial affordable housing project, was listed for sale earlier this week.

The Highland Flats development, a project of the Colmena-Breen group, was initially proposed as a 410 rental unit development on a 41-acre lot at the junction of Interstate 80 and S.R. 40, and has been a topic of discussion at several Snyderville Basin Planning Commission and Summit County Council meetings since spring 2021.

According to a Zillow listing, the 16 acre property located at 80 North in Park City currently has a price tag of $4.9 million. The adjacent 25.48 acre lot owned by Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City Real Estate Corporation and initially planed as part of the Highland Flats development property is not listed for sale.

The listing describes all acreage on the property as buildable, with no wet lands, major slope or geo-technological issues.

The Summit County Zoning Map lists the property as Rural Residential (RR) zoning. As defined by the Summit County Code Library the purpose of the rural residential (RR) zone district is to allow existing residential uses to remain, allow the construction of new single-family dwelling units to be constructed upon legally platted lots, to allow expansion of such uses in accordance with limitations and regulations defined in the low impact permit process, and permit residential uses to be developed in accordance with the specific provisions of such previously approved agreements.

According to a statement from Jamie Kearns, the property’s listing agent and partial owner, the Colemena-Breen group has not given up on the Highland Flats development.

“The Colemena-Breen group is continuing to progress with their current applications but are exploring other options,” Kearns said.

The Highland Flats development was initially slated to be housing and workforce housing units, however, it has recently evolved to include senior housing and a more phased building approach.

“Now what we’re considering doing and talking about doing is some senior housing on the site as well as some other uses,” Nate Bullen, vice-president of development for Colmena Group, said in a July 5 Summit County Council meeting. “And having more of a phased approach rather than just, you know, a buildout of 400 units.”

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