Public gets its
on new Elkhorn
Express Staff Writer
owners of the Elkhorn Resort revealed at a meeting Tuesday of the Sun
Valley Planning and Zoning Commission that they would like part of the
redevelopment to be a fractional ownership project.
DeStefano, representing one of the partners, Greenfield Partners L.L.C.,
told the P&Z that the project would be similar to Les Saisons in
DeStefano, of Greenfield Partners L.L.C., describes the master plan
for the redevelopment of the Elkhorn Resort. Greenfield Partners and the
Chesapeake Hotel Group are the new owners of the resort. Express photos
by Willy Cook
fractional ownership project would just apply to the seven five-story
condominiums the owners would like to build in the "Village"
core of the resort.
told Sun Valley attorney Rand Peebles that 70 units would be sold in seven
week "fractions." The cost to buyers would be between $190,000
He said the
reasoning behind the fractional ownership was to allow people "to
participate in Sun Valley without having to buy a unit for $800,000 to $1
to the seven condominium buildings around the core of the resort, 10
townhomes are planned to be built on the existing golf course parking lot
on fairway 18, and 24 townhomes are planned to go up where the swimming
pool and tennis court parking lot are now.
the meeting Tuesday was not scheduled to be a public hearing, DeStefano
said he wanted to hear what the public and the P&Z had to say about
the master plan.
Scott said he was concerned that the fractional ownership would overload
the amenities that members of the Sun Valley Elkhorn Homeowners
Association currently enjoyed.
Cherian said he looked around the area where the Elkhorn pool would be
moved and thought it would be "sun blocked" by surrounding
asked about the owners’ plan to get rid of the Elkhorn ski lift.
do you want to take away our ski lift?" she asked. "Would you
and the Sun Valley Co. rather not have people skiing in Elkhorn?"
Valley P&Z Commission listens to the redevelopment plan for the
Elkhorn Resort. From left to right, Mark Pynn, Jim McLaughlin, Ken Herich,
Phil Usher, recording secretary Karen Curry and Blair Boand. Express
photos by Willy Cook
told the P&Z that Greenfield Partners and Chesapeake Hotel Group, the
other owner of the resort, were talking with the company about removing
the ski lift and replacing it with parking for the golf driving range.
told the P&Z that "without substantial improvement, we don’t
see the lift as a huge amenity. And we’ve been told the lift runs
result of the meeting was that the commission tabled the master plan
review indefinitely to allow the developers opportunity to digest and
respond to all the public comment.
will also have to respond to the P&Z’s requests for a more complete
master plan, which would show where a proposed "amenity
building" would be built.
said this building would be "a mini version of Zenergy," a
health spa at Thunder Spring in Ketchum.
building would also replace the tennis courts and swimming pool the
Elkhorn redevelopment would demolish.
concerns from the P&Z were the 62-foot heights of the fractional
ownership condominiums, the estimated thousand truckloads of debris from
the demolition of the resort, and building in phases.
the size, the mass and the scope of the project we need to get a handle
on," commissioner Ken Herich said.