hearing on Elkhorn demolition
Express Staff Writer
out of time at the end of a three-hour meeting Tuesday, Sun Valley
Planning and Zoning commissioners continued a public hearing on a
proposal to demolish Elkhorn Resort and several adjacent buildings.
voted unanimously to continue the hearing to a special meeting of the
P&Z on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
is a proposal by development partnership CG-Elkhorn to demolish the
Elkhorn Hotel complex, former River Rock Steak House restaurant, Treat
Haus snack shop, and an assortment of other small buildings in Elkhorn
Village as part of a two-phase project.
representative Woody Bryant presented to commissioners a demolition plan
that proposes to start razing several CG-Elkhorn-owned buildings in
January. Once cleared, the site would be graded and planted with grass,
the plan calls for demolishing the Elkhorn Hotel and its conference
center, plus the River Rock Steak House and Treat Haus buildings as the
first phase of demolitionóproposed to take place from January through
May of 2003.
second phase of the demolition would be scheduled to take place in a
five-month window from January through May 2005. It would include razing
a short list of other buildings and facilities owned by the partnership,
including the building that currently houses Sun Valley-Elkhorn Resort
Realtors and the resortís old clubhouse.
representative David Hennessey said the proposal included plans to
demolish and remove debris from the hotel and the other buildings
removal of the debris from the River Rock and Treat Haus buildings would
require four large trucks to haul four loads a day from the site for a
period of four weeks.
debris from the hotel itself would require four trucks to haul four
loads a day for a period of eight weeks, he said.
noted that the duration of the first phase of demolition could last up
to five months, despite projections that it would only take a total of
eight weeks to remove all of the debris.
that the plan proposed that work take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Nils Ribi said the numbers suggested that approximately 1700 individual
truck trips to and from the site would be needed to remove all of the
debris in the first phase.
going to be close to 1700 in and out," Hennessey said.
also expressed some concerns about truck exhaust, dust, potential stress
on city roadways and the timing of the project.
members of the public spoke out to voice their own concerns about the
think itís unfathomable that the City of Sun Valley would allow a
demolition of this scale without knowing what is going to replace
it," said Elkhorn Village Condominiums resident Mike Simmonds.
attorney Ned Williamson told commissioners that the landowners are
"looking at" submitting a reconstruction plan for the whole
parcel "after the first of the year."
commissioners in August had denied a proposal for CG-Elkhorn to start
demolition last fall, in part because the developer had not submitted a
master plan to redevelop the site with dozens of townhouses and
the developer appealed the decision to the Sun Valley City Council,
which last month remanded the matter back to P&Z, with instructions
to consider an application to demolish the buildings without
consideration of the redevelopment plan.