Wednesday, April 4, 2007

New ?village? planned for downtown Hailey

?It takes into account the vernacular of Old Hailey.?


By JON DUVAL
Express Staff Writer

The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission heard a proposal Monday for a new building at the corner of River and Pine streets that would be the first of several to be developed on the currently vacant site. It would be called the Village at Hailey Center.

Tobin Dougherty, a Ketchum-based architect representing FAPO Holdings, presented a conceptual idea for design review to P&Z commissioners at their regular meeting April 2.

With two floors of commercial and office space, and a residential unit on the third, the mixed-use building would be constructed with consideration to the architecture of its surroundings, utilizing brick, metal, stone and wood, he said.

"The building is attractive and takes into account the vernacular of Old Hailey," Dougherty said.

Design of the western elevation, which faces River Street, has a stepped glass and brick façade, with the upper story set back to avoid a stark, flat front in an otherwise residential neighborhood.

Looking to encourage a sense of community for both residents and pedestrian traffic, the plans incorporate open spaces, including a garden area on the north side, which would eventually be the center of the village. Depending on the economic climate as the project progresses, there could be as many as five buildings. At the moment there is no firm timeline for completion.

Contractor for the project, Bruce Allen, praised both the design and concept Dougherty has created.

"We haven't approached this kind of building yet in Hailey," said the owner of Bruce Allen Construction. "It sets the stage for new buildings and a high level for people to rise up to."

While the P&Z approved of nearly all it saw, some expressed concerns that Dougherty's renderings did not exactly match the color scheme he has planned for the building. In light of this, they moved to continue the review at their next meeting, scheduled for April 16, in order to see an accurate rendering as well as samples of all the materials and colors.




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