following housing assistance
Express Staff Writer
City Council started regrouping Monday night following last week’s state
rejection of an application for help building affordable housing in
downtown Ketchum at the town center site.
members agreed the city should rest on its laurels and learn from the
process it went through, rather than appeal the rejection handed down by
the Idaho Housing and Finance Association.
three-page report dated April 26, the association denied the Blaine County
Housing Authority’s application for about $1 million in low-interest
home loans and $1.7 million in tax credits because the project failed to
meet economic feasibility requirements.
have a better project because of what we went through," Mayor Ed
Simon said, referring to the half dozen packed public hearings on the town
Baird Gourlay pointed out that the state agency may not be aware of the
prohibitive land values in the Wood River Valley, particularly in Ketchum
and Sun Valley compared with southern Blaine County and other parts of
the denial report, apparently referring to Balmoral apartments in Hailey,
said another project "has been completed at significantly lower per
unit and per square foot costs, as well as with substantially lower per
Ketchum Mayor Jerry Seiffert reiterated that the state’s rejection wasn’t
got to tell them the differences between Ketchum and Rupert," he
Gourlay and Councilman Maurice Charlat will attend a Housing and Finance
Association meeting to attempt to learn more specifically why Ketchum was
bring another project in front of them, we want to make sure we have
everything lined up as best we can," Gourlay said. "Basically,
we’re just trying to figure out how the process goes and bring them up
to speed on living in Kethcum, Sun Valley and northern Blaine
added that the city should begin master planning all of its land to
accommodate a variety of needs, including parking, housing and city
need to take a look at every piece of property the city owns," he
added that the city has got to continue building momentum for housing.
know I’ve got three and a half years left, and I’d like to see us go
somewhere positive, not just spinning our wheels," he said.