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For the week of April 25 through May 1, 2001

IOOF-theater landmark razed

Large commercial building approved for site

Express Staff Writer

Ketchum is one step closer to realizing affordable housing and architectural design features in a building that was crafted within the parameters of the city’s new design review ordinance.

Eve of destruction: before and after the demolition of Ketchum’s old IOOF lodge. The building was torn down to make way for a new commercial building—including affordable housing, commercial space and market rate housing—that will take up the entire half block. Express Photos: Gary Rasmussen and Willy Cook

Monday night, the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved designs for Copper Ridge, a 39,000-square-foot commercial and residential building. It will be built on the entire half block that included—until last week—Ketchum’s old IOOF lodge and old Magic Lantern movie theater.

It’s the first building to be designed within the revised design review standards, which the P&Z and Ketchum City Council spent the entire fall and winter reworking. The building will provide affordable housing in exchange for additional density.

"Nice project," Commissioner Susan Scovell told the building’s architects after the commission approved the plans. "Really nice project. You did everything right."

The building will boast four affordable housing units—two studios and two one-bedroom units—on the second of three floors. The ground floor will include office and commercial space, and the third floor will include market-rate residential units.

Including two second-floor units, there will be six market rate residential units in all.

Ketchum planning administrator Lisa Horowitz said the architects succeeded in getting the project approved in what might be record time for a building of this size. City review of the building lasted only one pre-application design review hearing and one design review hearing.

Architect Michael Blash designed the building to appear as several separate buildings. Wood, stucco and two kinds of brick are the primary exterior materials.

All aspects of the affordable housing components have not been determined. Their price range and whether they’ll be for rent or sale will be up to the city council for final approval, Horowitz said.

Ketchum and Blaine County housing director Gates Kellett, however, has drafted a recommendation for the Blaine County Housing Authority’s and city council’s review.

Kellett suggested in the memo that the two studio affordable unit be rented to people making up to $27,960 a year. One of the one-bedroom units could be offered for rent to a person who makes $36,750 and the other to a person making up to $42,000.

Monthly rents would range from $699 for a lower-income person renting a studio, to $984 for a higher-income person renting a one-bedroom unit. Actual rents, Kellet said, would be lower after utilities are subtracted.

Kellett’s monthly rent suggestions represent maximums, she wrote in the recommendation.

"This stratified income restriction allows for some diversification within the four units and allows for a place for ‘mid-management’ to reside in the building," Kellett wrote.


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