Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Drop worker housing plan

Hotel development in Warm Springs—this is how to make it work.

There seem to be two major objections to the proposed project—traffic and building height. Both problems might be solved by removing from the site workforce housing, which is now a proposed 40,000-square-foot building. The space could instead be used for hotel guests, reducing the main building height to an acceptable level. The money saved could help fund:

a) Bus service up and down the valley on a frequent, regular schedule for all employees and

b) Bus service from Warm Springs lift area to town center on a frequent, regular schedule for hotel guests and others.

This would help reduce traffic, which would otherwise be an ever-increasing problem as the Warm Springs area continues to develop. Requiring workforce housing for projects in the Warm Springs area will increase traffic. Instead, we should discourage employee traffic in town. Busing from a park-and-ride area south of Ketchum would be a much more sensible approach for everyone.

We should also consider the construction traffic that will be part of the ongoing development. Perhaps this traffic should be constrained within certain hours to avoid school bus times, etc.

Ronald Green


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