Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New housing in McHanville?

County P&Z to hear application Thursday


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

A currently vacant lot between Hospital Drive and Highway 75 south of Ketchum could soon be the site of a 15-unit rental complex, part of which would be deed-restricted affordable housing. Photo by Roland Lane

A vacant lot between state Highway 75 and Hospital Drive south of Ketchum could soon become the site of a three-building apartment complex—one-third of which would be deed-restricted affordable housing.

The Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commission will hear an application Thursday from developer CK Enterprises and architect Michael Doty to build a 15-unit rental complex in the mixed-use McHanville area.

The lot is in the county's Community Housing Overlay District, meaning the developer is required to provide a certain percentage of deed-restricted units. Blaine County Land Use and Building Services Planner Kathy Grotto said the developer's intention is to make all the housing "affordable," though not deed-restricted.

The 15 units will be spread among three two-story buildings, with a total of three three-bedroom units, six two-bedroom units and six one-bedroom units. The Blaine County Housing Authority recommended in a letter to the county that the majority of the affordable housing be one-bedroom units, as those are most in demand. As a result, three one-bedroom, one two-bedroom and one three-bedroom unit will be deed-restricted.

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"The [Housing Authority] was impressed with the project," said David Patrie, executive administrator of the housing authority, in a letter to the county. "The livable space in each unit is larger than other comparable projects in the valley."

The units range in size from 777 square feet to 1,463 square feet. Patrie also noted that the units are planned with energy efficiency in mind, with an eye toward keeping utility bills low.

All units will be built to the same standard, according to the developer's application. Doty, the project's architect, is LEED-certified and is perhaps best known for his recent remodel of Roxy's Market in Ketchum as well as the renovation of the Cornerstone Bar and Grill in Ketchum.

The lot where the complex is proposed was formerly an AMOCO Oil Co. site, according to the application. However, soil sampling has shown no dangerous residue or chemicals. The units would be served by the Ketchum Rural Fire District and the Sun Valley Water and Sewer District.

Grotto said the developer plans to begin construction in the spring and complete the complex by the end of that year.

The commission will hear the application at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey. The meeting will be open for public comment.

Katherine Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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