Friday, March 30, 2012

Ketchum mixed-use project gets extension

P&Z grants extra time for proposed building on Sun Valley Road

Express Staff Writer

Express file photo Plans for the project in Ketchum call for a three-story, mixed-use building on Sun Valley Road, just west of Main Street.

The Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday gave developers of a proposed mixed-use building downtown one more year to try to complete their project.

The owner of the property at 231 Sun Valley Road, Greenside Sun Valley, obtained design-review approval for the three-story project—including commercial and residential space —on Feb. 8, 2010. It obtained a one-year extension on Feb. 8, 2011. The recently obtained extension is, under city code, its last.

In a letter to the city dated Feb. 6, 2012, architect and building co-owner Doug Burdge stated that the extension was requested due to the "current economic climate." The owners, he said, "are unable to obtain project financing at this time, but anticipate to get going sometime in the near future."


The plan for the structure is for 2,144 square feet of commercial space and 2,869 square feet of condominiums. The site, between Main Street and Washington Avenue, is now vacant.

As part of his pitch before the P&Z on Monday, Burdge shared his concerns about how to move forward with a 5-foot-wide colonnade on the façade of the proposed building. The façade, which faces Sun Valley Road, now violates a recent change to city code regarding setbacks, requiring a 5-foot setback from the property line. The change was requested by the Fire Department. Burge noted that if he is made to conform to the rule, it would considerably cut into the limited footprint of the proposed structure as it is currently designed. The commissioners agreed to cross that bridge when they get to it.

Burge said, and Commissioner Steve Cook agreed, that the intended façade adds to the look of the proposed building. Planning staff confirmed that the new zoning amendment does allow for cantilever elements to encroach on the new 5-foot setback, but whether the colonnade element with built-in sprinklers, as proposed by Burge, will be allowed in future design review is yet to be determined.

Burge said that in addition to adding to the overall look of the structure and making a smoother connection to the existing part of the existing structure at 211 Sun Valley Road, the colonnade could add protection for pedestrians from the elements.

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