For the week of March 24, 1999  thru March 30, 1999  

New bank building wins P&Z approval

Express Staff Writer

The Western Café on Main Street Ketchum will have a new neighbor next spring—a big one.

The Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission Monday approved plans for a three-story, brick building complete with underground parking and a bank drive-up window.

The building will be on the corner of Main and First streets. Its first two floors will be leased by the First Bank of Idaho. The third story is not yet rented.

The building’s projected completion is the spring of 2000, said Bernie Johnson, representative for the architectural firm McLaughlin Associates, which designed the building.

An early 20th-century style will be accentuated by an overhanging roof, towers on the corners and ground-level planters.

"I certainly think it’s a very good project," commissioner Rod Sievers said.


The P&Z also considered rezoning two separate and unrelated lots, one in Warm Springs and the other south of Ketchum.

Owners of the Heidelberg Inn on Warm Springs Road requested that their property be rezoned from limited residential to tourist zone.

The inn was built before the property was zoned. If more than 60 percent of the structure were to be destroyed, the current zoning would apply and the inn would not be permitted to be rebuilt.

The Heidelberg’s representative, Beth Ann Skamser, said her clients would also be content operating under a contract -zoning scenario.

Contract zoning is a less drastic step than a general rezone. It is given to areas with special circumstances and would allow the council to rezone a property but set conditions on how it could be used.

However, Ketchum does not have a contract-zoning ordinance and one would need to be drafted. The Heidelberg request was tabled pending the possible creation of such an ordinance.

Jack and Lee Bornhoft, owners of the Sun Valley RV Park, requested that their property be rezoned from limited residential to the higher-density general residential.

Their intent, said Skamser, is to switch from short-term occupancy to long-term residential.

Several neighbors opposed the request. Nearby homeowner Robert Fuller said changing the zoning to higher density could change the flavor of the entire southern corridor.

The commission tabled the application pending a possible reapplication requesting a different zone switch.


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