Friday, March 2, 2007

Developer pulls hotel application


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

Uncertainty still rules over a high-profile plot of land on Main Street in Ketchum.

Developer Steve Burnstead pulled his application to build a hotel on the Bald Mountain Lodge site.

Two other hotel developers are interested in hotel projects at the four-corners area of Ketchum's southern entrance at Rivers Street.

Because of controversy surrounding height on Main Street, especially at the gateway, the city is hoping to join forces with hotel developers to hire an outside consultant to conduct a "massing study" for the area.

"We want to take a step back," said Planning Consultant Lisa Horowitz. "What are the best areas for height, and what are the worst places?"

Last fall, Bald Mountain LLC, through Burnstead, submitted to the city's Planning Department a pre-application design for a four-story hotel.

In February, the hotel was redesigned as a five-story project. Burnstead said that was the only way to make the project work but city officials limited the plan to four stories.




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