Frenchman’s Place gets go-ahead
By PAT MURPHY
Express Staff Writer
Unique by most standards, the
near-downtown Frenchman’s Place mixed-use project was given the green light
Wednesday night by the Ketchum City Council.
A few conditions were attached, such as
adding road signage along State Highway 75 where an entrance would be located
and working with the Idaho Transportation Department to seek a speed limit
reduced below the present 35 miles per hour.
The project is to be built in a triangular
plot in the industrial area of the city, bounded by Ninth Street on the
northwest, highway 75 on the east-southeast and an alley east of Grumpy’s that
would be equivalent to an extension of Leadville.
In addition to a 30-space underground
parking, the project would have three above ground levels—the first floor
devoted to light industrial tenants, such as woodworking shops, while the two
upper floors would be 19 condominium units.
The upper level would be at the same level
as highway 75, where an entrance to the housing would be located, while the
first floor would be the same level as the surrounding area of shops and stores.
Another stipulation was that the
developer, Utah-based P.E.G. Development, and would work with the city and Idaho
Power in building underground power lines to nearby Lewis Street.
City Administrator Ron LaBlanc said that
underground power lines, and removal of utility poles on Lewis, would be "an
incentive to clean up the neighborhood."
Mayor Ed Simon hailed the development as
"beneficial" to the area, saying that the property in the industrial area had
been "almost a nuisance over the years. I don't see any adverse effects" of the