SANDY — The developers of a Broadway-style theater in Sandy plan to incorporate a performing arts high school into the project, according to plans submitted to the city Planning Commission Thursday.

"That part is particularly exciting for us," architect Russell Plat said, pointing to a spot on preliminary drawings. "This part is being divided into space for dance, music and theater."

The architects are also planning a 250-room hotel, a club or restaurant, 240,000 feet of office space, a spa and condominiums at about 10000 South just east of I-15.

A trio of gleaming glass towers will form the ultimate shape of the plan. The towers will be at least 30 stories and will be surrounded by significantly shorter structures. Parking structures and surface parking are also planned.

High-rises are a good alternative to urban sprawl, Plat said.

"This is a very incredible project," Planning Commission chairwoman Monica Collard said.

The Proscenium project, being funded largely by Utah-county developer Scott McQuarie, must get approval by Sandy's Civic Center Architectural Review Committee and the Planning Commission.

The project is well ahead of plans for a theater in Salt Lake City. Studies for that competing project, which could use significant taxpayer funding, are being done.