Studio bill is alive in the Senate - The Park Record
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#1 Mar 5, 2011
I guess you only have to have a couple of the facts right to make it into the papers anymore.If anyone cares to actually review any of the history on this case, which is publicly available, you could verify that in fact, a major motion picture studio is coming to Utah. This project is not a speculative complex to be built in hopes that someone will buy it. Rather, it is being built by and for a well known film enterprise. This studio brings their own money to spend on our local labor for the construction of the complex as well as to staff the studio oonce in operation. This studio is coming to Utah and they will find a city somewhere to accomodate their proposal. Not because it people rich, but because Utah wants it and because its a good idea. This project is not subsidized by tax dollars. It is simply a great opportunity for the State and if Park City / Summit county donesn't want it, someone else will. I can guarantee that Summit county will regret it if they pass on this one. Ask anyone from Lehi if they wish they'd played nice with Micron a few years back. I live here, so I can attest to the fact that once the tax dollars started rolling in, Lehi city was first in line, even though they opposed that project in the beggining. Also, anyone bothering to look into this anyfurther than what you read on the opinion page would also learn that saying that developer is trying to "shoe horn" a 350,000 sq. ft project onto a 30 acre parcel is the equivalant of squeezing a remote control airplane onto the deck of an air craft carrier. That footprint takes up less than a third of the parcel. This property is located in a zone of land that currently houses an IHC hospital in excess of 600,000 sq. feet and a recreation complex that is similar in size. That's what this area is zoned for; commercial projects. That is also why these projects are located on the outskirts of the cities and not downtown Park City, because that's how city planners designed it. In any case, I absolutley agree that personal agenda's and enrichment pursuits are often disguised in noisy legislation. When that happens, I will be the first to volunteer to walk arm in arm with you to the steps of the Capitol building to protest. But folks, as hard as this may be to swallow, this isn't one of those cases. Park City and Summit County have absolutely swindled this land owner at every possible opportunity and embarrased themselves in the porcess. and now this politcal shell game they are playing serves no other purpose that to cover up countless errors in judgment and protocol. Public record shows that Mr. Ericksen has responded to every offense in a legal manner. He has filed every required application, jumped through every hoop put before him, and payed every fee requested by the local government and Summit County has stone walled every effort to play by their rules which they are clearly making up as they go along. When a municipality abuses their power on a local level, the state government has an obligtion to take over. The senate does not want to do this. They are as opposed to assuming local control as we are, but when a municipality throws up fabricated road blocks in an attempt to kill economic progress which has been pursued legally by a entitled land owner, that gets the attention of the State Government. Senator Madsen has no personal agenda other than the defense of property rights and economic development for the State. Do your homework on this one. Once you do, if you still disagree with me, then I can respect that. But I believe this is a project that is good for everyone, especially Summit County. This is not pie-in-the-sky, this is a bona fide offer with fiscal guarantees. Oh, and did I mention that the proposed studio complex is eco-progressive in both construction and once it is operating? For you laypersons, that means that it's environmentally clean and utilizes post consumer and reclaimed products in the construction and use of the complex.
#2 Mar 5, 2011
Done the homework, Thomas, but I must disagree with you.
Yes, Micron, and since them Adobe and Microsoft, will be great additions for Lehi. But they fit the location where they are - a very nice business-park, and the Adobe group stands to gain alot from the UVU/BYU talent as we did (Maxis, now a part of Electronic Arts) when we did the SimCity software game.
Here it is different. We don't object to the studio, but the proposed location Erickson is pushing. We particularly object to the state coming in and overriding the community.
Ericksen had cried foul for some time, but when you review the documents and history - much of his cry is something he has created - to the point of it looking like he did so intentionally.
The latest tactic was his ambush of our planning commission. The commission meets regularly, and subjects must be on the agenda to be legally discussed. At their meeting last week Ericksen showed up with 15-20 supporters to talk about the Raleigh studios project. Now he could have made a simple call and put it on the agenda, and then we would all have known it was to be a topic. He did not.
But what did happen was the SLC television stations announced before the meeting that this controversial issue was THE topic of the meeting. Sure enough Ericksen shows up, is told the matter can not be discussed, and he cries foul and infringement of his free speech. Pretty much par for his method of doing things.
Don't for a minute think the Studio idea is something he was seeking way-back. It came up in 1999 first when he wanted the property to be a military recreation area. There is no application for this on file. But when it was the idea of "Branson West" (even before the military recreation idea) he wanted a theatre as a part of it, and now demands he meant studio all along.
Ericksen did file for Branson West in 2004 for his client and then property owner Ralph Merrill. He sued the county a month later before it could even be addressed. And, of course, now crys that it hasn't been acted on.
Thomas, I have watched this for some time. I don't develop property and am not a real estate agent. In the time he has cried I have watched several project go in here larger than his. Yes, one is the hospital by Ericksen's property. They had the acreage, and committed 3 times the Ericksen property size to make that happen. They are also set-back 1/2 mile from the corridor.
Possibly more to the point, the developers didn't game their way into what they can't otherwise have, and treated those around them with professionalism and courtesy.
Yes, I agree with you that Lehi will benefit greatly from the IT presence. But I would be right behind you if Lehi said no and Micron or Adobe found some out-of-district legislator to force it on you whether you wanted it or not.
You also need to trust who is proposing the concept. It was Ericksen who denied he had any relationship with the senator now doing his bidding on the radio....... until it came out that he was one of his biggest campaign contributors......
#3 Mar 7, 2011
Of all the properties less impacting to the travel coridor to Park City, why would this one be their pick? To choke off the acceess to the resorts and community is absolutly assinine. Especially when there is areas within a mile or so, that is already geared to accept the teafic impact. Planning in this county is money driven, not practical driven or given thought, as to design, or even how it impacts revenue. There are groups, that have me syndrome. get off the money driven for personal reasons, and do whats right for the community. I have lived here for 67 years. A movie studio will bring in revenue, but for who? The public if done the right way, some personal pockets, if not.
#4 Mar 7, 2011
I have lived near PC for almost my whole life, currently Denver, CO. Its a place that is full of fun exciting things. Look at all the resorts and special things the place has- things not found anywhere else. Last week I was in Albuquerque, NM. I got in on my flight late, and got lost driving to my hotel. Before I knew it, I was right in front of the Albuquerque Movie Studios. A big neon Albuquerque sign, eloquently pronounced I had arrived. It wasnt in the city, but a unique location. Movie Studios are built in a variety of locations--in the city, outside the city, in the desert, close to the ocean, next to a busy road, right by a quiet one, etc. They are built to entertain us all. Dont you like the movies?--no matter where they get produced. Colorado has alot of open space. They have nice signs and pathways throughout them and usually are in a nice location (not on the outskirts of town). People go there to relax and enjoy the outdoors and natural habitants. I've seen the land in question and I hate to say theres not much to offer on it as far as just sitting there.
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