Bald Mountain Lodge moving to Hagerman
Gooding County P&Z
to review plan next week
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
A group of structures from the Bald
Mountain Lodge, the 1920s-era resort in downtown Ketchum, is slated to become
the headquarters of a Gooding County duck hunting club.
Crews from Associated Pacific Movers
last weekend wheeled away the front section of the Headwaters outfitters
building for relocation to a new site in Gooding County. The once highly visible
Ketchum building is scheduled to be thoroughly reconstructed in its new location
in approximately six weeks. Express photo by Willy Cook
Brian Barsotti, a Ketchum attorney and
developer who owns the Bald Mountain Lodge property at 151 Main St., has sold
three of the rustic buildings to Ketchum resident Bill Lehman, an owner of the
Old Curran Ranch Hunt Club south of Hagerman.
Lehman—who has already arranged to have
one of the cabin structures moved to his 684-acre ranch on Highway 30—said
Monday a second 200-foot-long cabin structure and the lodge that once housed the
Headwaters outfitting business are scheduled to arrive in Hagerman on Thursday.
"It’s going to be a nice way to preserve
an old piece of Ketchum," Lehman said.
Lehman explained that he plans to offer
use of the buildings to the 12 members of his private hunting club. The two
cabin structures, which include a total of 11 units, will offer club members
short-term residence, while the Headwaters lodge will be used as a clubhouse and
"We want to create as much of the old
hunting lodge atmosphere as we can," Lehman said.
Lehman has applied to Gooding County for a
special use permit to maintain the buildings on the Hagerman ranch. Gooding
Planning and Zoning commissioners are scheduled to consider the permit
application on Nov. 17.
Lehman said he moved the buildings in
advance of the Nov. 17 hearing in anticipation of a favorable decision from the
Barsotti in September received permission
from the city of Ketchum to construct a new 80-room luxury hotel on the Bald
Mountain Lodge property.
If built, the approved three-story,
47-foot-high hotel would be downtown Ketchum’s largest building. The
development—which would cover an entire city block—is planned to include a 3,800
square-foot conference room, 1,000 square-foot board room, an underground
parking garage and a fitness center.
The approved plans also call for public
open space and retail space on the ground floor. Barsotti said Monday that he
will consider re-establishing the Headwaters business in the new hotel if the
project is completed.
Barsotti said he has spent much of the
last two months drafting investment proposals and presenting the development
concept to potential investors.
He noted that he expects to start actively
soliciting investment partners in the project later this month. "Now we’re going
to go out and talk to investors. Hopefully, we can drum up some interest."