Friday, August 31, 2012

Redevelopment project halted by city

P&Z cites noncompliance and code violations

Express Staff Writer

This house in Hailey was placed on a foundation without final approval from the city, prompting concern from the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission. Photo by David N. Seelig

The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission called a halt Tuesday to construction on land belonging to Hailey attorney Michael Kraynick on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Spruce Street. Work allegedly continued, however, in violation of the city’s building code and zoning ordinance.

“This is the last thing any of us wants to be working on right now,” said Hailey Community Development Director Micah Austin.

Austin visited the construction site Tuesday morning with building official Wayne Orvick.

“The most egregious violation was pouring a foundation footing on the site without notifying the city,” Austin said. “Every contractor out there knows that when they have foundations poured, they have to have a building official involved.”

Austin said Kraynick can either have the foundation X-rayed to prove its integrity, or remove it entirely and build it again.

Austin was instructed Monday to stop work on the site, after Kraynick allegedly failed to attend a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to provide details on construction materials and landscaping on the project in old Hailey.

“This is disrespectful to the commission and I find this disconcerting,” said Commissioner Janet Fugate on Monday. 

The P&Z voted to deny approval of findings of fact associated with Kraynick’s building permit and called for a stop-work order from the city attorney.

Austin said that when he and Orvick visited the site Tuesday, they found that one of three foundations was poured despite not having been included in the building permit. 

Austin said work had continued Wednesday, with two buildings having been lowered onto two other, improperly prepared foundations.

“There is a very good likelihood they will be jacking them back up again very soon,” Austin said.

In other Hailey news:

( Six residential building permits have been issued recently by the Building Department, with five more applications pending, exceeding the number of new home applications for the past three years combined.

“This is very good number for the Wood River Valley,” Austin said.

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