Midway Takes A Closer Look At Homestead Revitalization Plan

Jul 14, 2020

Updates to the Homestead Master Plan are under consideration by Midway City Council.
Credit Midway City

Last Tuesday the Midway City Council heard a brief conversation regarding a request to make some upgrades and changes to the Homestead Resort.

 

Plans to revitalize the Homestead Resort in Midway have been a topic of conversation for the past year and a half. Last year, a local company’s plans to purchase and revitalize the resort stalled when the company and one of the property owners within the resort were unable to resolve a title issue. 

 

Mayor Celeste Johnson said the new investment group behind the Homestead hopes to update the master plan approved in 2008. 

 

“They were hoping to be able to make these changes without having to go through a lot of the preliminary and be in front of the Planning Commission,” Johnson said. “We've looked at the plan; we believe there are elements of it that they can proceed with without any problems. But there are certain other elements that we do need to take a deeper dive.” 

 

The council decided to take an in-depth look at the plans for the Homestead at an upcoming work meeting. Items to review include a possible amphitheater and an events barn that could be used for weddings and other gatherings.

 

While the city works out the details on those parts of the plan, Johnson says the investment group will be able to start working on some parts of the project soon. 

 

“Kind of remodeling things; things that don’t dramatically change anything,” she said. “I understand that they’re hoping to work on the golf course all through the winter. So, come spring those new (utility) buildings will be ready and the golf course will be ready. Obviously that golf course is a jewel and it’s needed a lot of work as well.” 

 

City staff reports the update to the master plan would not increase density while providing 62 acres of open space. Additional findings shared by the staff included that the project will increase the tax base and help the city comply with resort tax requirements, which require a certain ratio of short-term rooms to residences. 

 

“We’re actually very excited about this project. We feel like it’s a good project for Midway, it’s a good project for the Homestead,” Mayor Johnson said. “I think everybody agrees that the Homestead has gotten a little tired. It needs a shot of good old currency to bring it back up and that's what this group will do.” 

 

After going through a work meeting the item will return again to the city council for approval.

 

Plans to revitalize the Homestead Resort in Midway have been a topic of conversation for the past year and a half. Last year, a local company’s plans to purchase and revitalize the resort stalled when the company and one of the property owners within the resort were unable to resolve a title issue. 

 

Mayor Celeste Johnson said the new investment group behind the Homestead hopes to update the master plan approved in 2008. 

 

“They were hoping to be able to make these changes without having to go through a lot of the preliminary and be in front of the Planning Commission,” Johnson said. “We've looked at the plan; we believe there are elements of it that they can proceed with without any problems. But there are certain other elements that we do need to take a deeper dive.” 

 

The council decided to take an in-depth look at the plans for the Homestead at an upcoming work meeting. Items to review include a possible amphitheater and an events barn that could be used for weddings and other gatherings.

 

While the city works out the details on those parts of the plan, Johnson says the investment group will be able to start working on some parts of the project soon. 

 

“Kind of remodeling things; things that don’t dramatically change anything,” she said. “I understand that they’re hoping to work on the golf course all through the winter. So, come spring those new (utility) buildings will be ready and the golf course will be ready. Obviously that golf course is a jewel and it’s needed a lot of work as well.” 

 

City staff reports the update to the master plan would not increase density while providing 62 acres of open space. Additional findings shared by the staff included that the project will increase the tax base and help the city comply with resort tax requirements, which require a certain ratio of short-term rooms to residences. 

 

“We’re actually very excited about this project. We feel like it’s a good project for Midway, it’s a good project for the Homestead,” Mayor Johnson said. “I think everybody agrees that the Homestead has gotten a little tired. It needs a shot of good old currency to bring it back up and that's what this group will do.” 

 

After going through a work meeting the item will return again to the city council for approval.

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