proposal makes progress
City to consider
Express Staff Writer
Bill Janss Community Center, which could be built on Ketchum’s Park
& Ride lot, may look something like the rendering above. Consultants
and planners met with the Ketchum City Council Monday to discuss options
to pay for the facility. Artist’s
rendering courtesy of Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects.
Plans to build a
huge community recreation center on Ketchum’s Park & Ride lot at
the corners of Warm Springs and Saddle roads could finally come to
In two meetings
with the Ketchum City Council on Monday, planners for the Bill Janss
Community Center provided elaborate presentations of architectural and
financial plans for the property. The meetings culminated six years of
efforts by the community center’s board of directors.
"This is even
better than I thought it was," Councilman David Hutchinson said
following the first presentation. The entire council was similarly
purchased the lot in February of 1990 via a successfully passed bond
issue. The property is earmarked for recreation, parking or cultural
architectural designs for the estimated $14 million project indicate
there would be a regulation ice rink, fitness center, aerobics area and
gym, climbing wall and an array of outdoor swimming opportunities.
A leisure pool,
including lap-swimming lanes, would be complemented with several hot
pools, which could be heated naturally using the Guyer Hot Spring in
Warm Springs Canyon.
The pools proposal
closely models a proposal that would have been funded by the failed
Blaine County Recreation District bond initiative in the fall of 1999.
"What we have
to show today is the vision," Denver-based architect Andy Barnard,
of the firm of Sink Combs Dethlefs, said.
A final proposal
would be considerably refined, he said.
purpose of the planners’ visit, however, was to figure out a way to
pay for the facilities.
private-public partnership is today’s goal," Paul Brailsford,
chief executive officer of Washington D.C.-based Brailsford and Dunlavey
business planners said. "Really, at this point, we’re prepared to
move forward" with fund raising efforts.
A rough sketch of
the proposed business plan proposes:
Center privately raises $8 million for construction costs.
the Park & Ride lot to the Janss Center.
Center borrows $7 million in construction costs from, and pledges
the lease to, a lender.
Center coordinates construction of the building.
Center leases the building to the city. The city operates the
pledges all revenues from the facility to cover the tax-exempt
considers taking ownership of the facility when the debt is paid.
Dunlavey vice president Jeff Turner said the facility should be able to
pay for itself.
is greater than the sum of its parts," he said.
come from memberships, day passes, ice rink revenues and facility
rentals. The annual operating budget would be $1.7 million, he said,
adding that he thinks the facility could make $30,000 a year after three
years of operation.
comfortable that (the revenue projection) is an achievable number,"
Charlat called the proposal "very interesting and very
exciting," but all council members had unanswered questions.
At the conclusion
of the second presentation, the council established a meeting schedule
to hammer out financial details of the proposal. They will begin meeting
on June 20 at noon and on successive Wednesdays. Brailsord and Dunlavey
and Sink Combs Dethlefs will join via conference calls.
to go on this thing one way or another," Mayor Guy Coles said.