Citizens speak up
on Town Center
Express Staff Writer
surrounding Ketchum’s town center affordable housing concepts has
engaged the minds of hundreds of valley residents. More than 100 of those
residents attended a meeting March 20 of the Ketchum City Council to
either be heard or to monitor the project’s progress.
arguments include the project’s perceived insufficient on-site parking,
an inappropriate city subsidy of commercial space, loss of views, and the
length of the proposed 50-year lease needed to fund the project using tax
continue to cite the need for affordable housing wherever the city can get
it, the building’s conformance with city zoning regulations, and the
suitability of housing in the city’s downtown.
here’s some of what they had to say.
got to be a better way," said Woody Bryant of Ketchum. "Lets
don’t give away our land. It (50 years) just seems like a long
who don’t want it at that site, get up here and admit that you do
don’t want it at that site," said Tom Kennedy of Ketchum.
"Don’t throw up all these smoke screens."
like this council to look intensely at other sites," said Bruce
Hinckley of Sun Valley. "If you can’t do a better job with this
site, you should leave it in trust for future councils."
get frustrated a lot, because this process is taking so long,"
said Steve Horowitz of Ketchum. "The people who want it and the
people who don’t want it usually don’t change their minds in the
process. Getting the Fields project built was like pulling teeth, and
this project is like pulling teeth."
public process on this was not great," said Pam Ritzau of
Ketchum. "The inclusion of commercial in this is bad. There is
too much empty commercial space in town now."
I worked for the housing commission and housing authority, I don’t
think I had the guts to propose something like this," Karl
Fulmer, former housing director, said. "A more realistic question
for the future than, ‘Where are the views?’ is ‘Where are the