Wednesday, June 9, 2010

River Run village core a go

Ketchum approves PUD for 110-foot-tall hotel

Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley Co. is fine-tuning plans to develop a base village at the River Run base of Bald Mountain. Photo by Mountain Express

     With a swift, decisive vote on Monday, the Ketchum City Council set Sun Valley Resort on the path of eventually constructing a 110-foot-tall hotel on the east side of the Big Wood River at River Run.

     The council unanimously approved the resort company’s 19-acre planned-unit development at the western edge of a proposed 138-acre base village that also includes several parking garages, retail space, a destination restaurant, large plaza and multi-family buildings containing 200 to 300 units.

     The vote came with little deliberation because the 19-acre hotel core had already been discussed at length in repeated meetings within the context of the entire base village, which required annexation into the city. The council approved the annexation plan on April 22.

     Now that these overarching approvals have been granted, a development agreement is being drafted that will outline the conditions of the approvals. The council will discuss the development agreement on July 6.

     After that, Sun Valley Resort will work on details of building design and on obtaining design approvals one by one. Developers have said the 138 acres may not be built out for nearly two decades, depending on the economy’s recovery. At this point, Sun Valley has presented no designs but merely building footprints, maximum heights and placements.

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