Wednesday, February 6, 2013

ARCH project story was incomplete

    The story “ARCH project set for federal funding request” in the Jan. 25 issue was very incomplete and biased. We all understand the need of affordable housing in our town and commend the efforts of our leaders to provide it.  However, the Evergreen project has many problems that were addressed at the recent meeting but not reported in the article.
Major issues are:
- Does not meet P&Z requirements: parking, open space, storage, appearance.
- Legality of money being used from the city’s Open Door Program.
- Opposition to the design appearance by surrounding neighbors.
    West Ketchum neighbors have hired an attorney to insure that the values of our properties are protected by current P&Z regulations and to try to prevent the misuse of funds to a favored project. We all know that the City Council has already made many concessions to advance the Evergreen project—waiver of $100,000 in city fees and providing $100,000 from the Open Door Program. Now they even want to go further by allowing zoning variances to regulations that are in place to improve our city and to protect property owners.
    This project is not viable as it now stands; it must be reduced in size to conform to our laws and our neighborhood, or it must be abandoned.    
Ares Zarkos

    Editor’s note: A Dec. 14 story about the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission’s review of the proposed ARCH project reported on the neighbors’ opposition to the plan. The story discussed neighbors’ disapproval and noted that a group of about 100 property owners had hired attorney Gary Slette to represent their interests in the matter. Slette was quoted in the story. The Jan. 25 story focused more on the City Council’s discussion of and actions taken on the proposal.

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