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Another big item left hanging from Williams’ tenure is the unfinished business surrounding the Sweeney brothers’ proposal for a large resort — Treasure Hill — abutting the historic district. As he leaves office, the mayor’s years-long struggle to broker a lower-density plan, like he had with Empire Canyon, had not yet come to fruition.
Not least is the town’s evolving relationship to the new local power broker — Vail Resorts Inc. Although City Hall is out of the loop in the land-lease dispute between Park City Mountain Resort and Vail, which now operates the nearby Canyons Resort, Williams is cautiously optimistic and predictably protective of his town.
"In terms of having one of the premium players in the world here in Park City, it’s a plus," Williams said of Vail. "But do they want to become part of us, or do they want us to become them? Because we do not want to be Vail, Colorado. Park City has always been a real town."
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