Wednesday, July 4, 2012

McHanville rental housing project under way

5 units will be deed-restricted, lower-rent apartments


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

A 15-unit apartment complex in the McHanville area south of Ketchum is scheduled for completion next spring. Five of the units are set aside for income-based affordable housing. Photo by Willy Cook

Five of 15 units in a rental complex under construction in the McHanville area between Hospital Drive and state Highway 75 south of Ketchum will be available to people qualified for income-based affordable housing at the Blaine County Housing Authority.

The project was designed by architect Michael Doty. Kearns, McGinnis and Vandenberg contractors have been hired to build the apartments.

The project is scheduled for completion next spring.

The private development, funded by CK Enterprises, is in the Blaine County Community Housing Overlay District, meaning the developer is required to provide a certain percentage of deed-restricted units.

"A significant portion of our database has said they are interested in affordable rentals," said Blaine County Housing Authority Executive Administrator David Patrie.

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Patrie noted that the units are planned with energy efficiency in mind, with an eye toward keeping utility bills low.

The units range in size from 777 square feet to 1,463 square feet.

Rental costs for the five apartments will range from $545 for a lowest-income-level, three-bedroom unit to $861 for a highest-income-level, one-bedroom unit.

The rental costs are not based on the quality of the units, but what the prospective tenants can afford to pay. The units differ only in size, not quality.

Ten other units will have market-based rent charges.

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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