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Planning commissioners recently approved the project, which also has 28 units called "eco cabins" and another 24 condominiums called "eco lofts."

Developer of the project is Britannia Pacific Properties, a Sacramento-based real estate investment company. The parent company, London-based Lewis Trust Group, owns and manages more than 4,000 rooms at hotels in the United States, Israel and Thailand, among them a Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach and a Doubletree in Atlanta.

The Sheet reports high words of praise at the planning commission from Rick Phelps, director of the High Sierra Energy Foundation. He said the project could become a showcase for the rest of the nation. Instead of "buying wind credits in Montana," he said, the hotel would produce its own renewable energy. He advocates creation of a geothermal district, to more extensively tap the abundant underground heat at Mammoth Lakes.

How soon the hotel gets built, however, is an open question. The Sheet reports the applicant wants an extension of its legal entitlements. Normally, a developer has only two years or so to get something built.

 

Hotel developer now asks to be downsized

KETCHUM, Idaho - Developer of a giant resort complex at the base of the Sun Valley ski area has returned before town officials in Ketchum, asking them to authorize a much smaller project.

No financing has yet been found to build the 800,000-square-foot project, said attorney Ed Lawson, representing Helios Development. Helios now wants a 250,000 square-foot reduction. Before, it had said it needed more to make the numbers work.

Original plans called for a nine-story luxury hotel with 120 rooms located along a nine-hole golf course and with workforce housing for 93 employees. In addition to rooms, the recreational amenities have been pared. Four tennis courts, instead of eight, are planned, and the golf course reduced to a practice facility, reports the Idaho Mountain Express

The developer also wants Ketchum to waive the front-ended workforce housing requirements, to be replaced by an in-lieu fund generated by a tax on the sale of merchandise at the property.

 

Wolf reported in Park City, biologist skeptical

PARK CITY, Utah - A wolf, said the caller, had wandered down a street in a local subdivision, wandered into a garage, and left. But the local wildlife authorities doubt the story. More likely, it was a husky or a German shepherd.

"I would be extremely shocked if it was a wolf," said Bruce Johnson, a state wildlife officer. "This is not normal wolf behavior."

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