land for new city park
Express Staff Writer
midst of one of Ketchum’s most prolific commercial construction booms,
Ketchum planners acquired a reprieve Monday night.
Foundation, run by Jim and Barbara Cimino, is developing a public park on
downtown commercial property they own at the corner of Sixth and Main
streets, across from the Clarion Inn. The proposal received unanimous
approval from the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission Monday.
vacant lots have been empty for about three years. Should they have run
the course of many of downtown Ketchum’s vacant properties, they might
have transformed into a large commercial building.
we’re hopeful of is that through the generosity of the individuals who
are doing this, it will set a precedent," Ketchum attorney Brian
Barsotti told the P&Z.
is a great example of a public/private partnership," Commissioner
Susan Scovell said. "We are so lucky."
Garden Center owner Mike Turzian said the Ciminos simply wish to give back
to their community. He presented the commission with a landscaping plan
that included grass, trees, benches, a gazebo, a fountain, picnic tables,
paths and a fence enclosing the area.
will prevent playing children from chasing balls or dogs into the streets,
as well as enable closure of the property at night, Turzian said.
fountain will squirt water skyward from an at-grade platform, similar to
the fountain at The Grove in Boise, Turzian said, though it will only
spray a couple of feet into the air. He said it should provide a nice spot
for children to get a little wet in the summer.
partnership between the city and the Cimino Foundation, Ketchum would
provide electricity and water to the property, as well as improve the
Sixth Street sidewalk and pave the alley between the park and the city’s
public parking lot.
Barsotti will request Nov. 5 that the Ketchum City Council convert the
neighboring, city-owned parking lot to two-hour parking in order to
facilitate parking space turnover.
also unanimously approved plans for a new commercial building at the
corner of East Avenue and Fourth Street, across from Atkinsons’ Market.
Peter Ripsom, also a Ketchum city councilman, designed the wood and stone,
European-style building. The three-story structure will include retail
space and four residential units, one of which will be deed-restricted as
an affordable housing unit.
Baird Gourlay said the building is what the city was looking for when it
rewrote it design guidelines last winter.
intent in writing this is what we’re getting," he said.