The Air Force and the Utah Military Installation Development Authority (MIDA) plan to develop a four-star hotel near Park City’s ski resorts for use by members of all four services as well as the public.
“The goal is to provide a world-class recreational opportunity for our service members and their families,” said David Williamsen, chief of the enhanced use lease office at Hill Air Force Base.
The Air Force had been searching for a site for 14 years and finally settled on a location after Wells Fargo offered to donate 6 acres. MIDA hopes to complete the transfer by Sept. 1, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. State law allows MIDA to acquire military property, finance improvements and impose taxes that go back into the development. Financing for the hotel project also could come from the firm that secures a contract to operate the resort.
Military personnel likely would pay room rates based on their rank, similar to how the Army operates hotels next to Disney World in Orlando and in Honolulu, according to the story. Retirees also would be eligible for discounted rates.
The hotel would operate during all four seasons, with guests hiking and biking on trails when there is no snow.