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For the week of Mar. 15 through Mar. 21, 2000

Like mushrooms

Eight commercial buildings planned for Hailey


By TRAVIS PURSER
Express Staff Writer

A flurry of development requests submitted recently to Hailey city planners by everyone from local business people to California developers confirms what many already knew—everyone, it seems, wants a piece of Hailey.

The projects include:

  • A multi-building, master-planned shopping complex north of the city.

  • A state-of-the-art workplace for two high-tech recruiting firms.

  • A three-story commercial building on Main Street just south of the town center.

Also in the works is a request to create a seven-lot subdivision in the business district near the north end of River Street.

California-based Farallon Development Services, Inc. has scheduled a meeting for March 21 with the city’s planning and zoning commission to present a master plan to build a 35,000-square-foot grocery store, three retail/office spaces totaling over 40,000 square feet and a gas station.

Located on seven acres north of Empty Saddle Trail adjacent to Highway 75, the project, developers say, will require a full-service traffic light at the main entrance to the center.

So far, according to project planner and architect James Murray, no prospective tenants have been selected. Rather, he said during a telephone call from his Boise office, the developer hopes to get city support for the project beforehand.

If all goes as planned, groundbreaking for another project, a new 12,000-square-foot corporate headquarters for high-tech recruiters Trouver.net and Futurelink, will begin in June.

Located at the corner of Silver and River streets, the building has been designed by Ketchum-based Living Architecture to promote a healthy and happy work environment by addressing indoor air quality and using natural light and materials extensively, according to a press release.

Futurelink and Trouver.net chiefs Hallie Shealy and Lisa Wood hope the building’s worker-friendly attributes will increase productivity and job satisfaction, according to the release.

On Main Street adjacent to Pine Street, ex-Hailey P&Z commissioner Eric Alberdi plans to build an 18,000-square-foot, three-story commercial/retail building called Pine Street Station.

Discussion of the project during a Feb. 18 meeting with the P&Z centered largely on whether city code requires a 15-foot setback for a proposed detached parking garage bordering an alley.

Alberdi wanted a zero-foot setback, which could require moving, altering or demolishing some nearby dwellings because they extend over property lines.

"I hate to say it," Alberdi said, "but that’s somebody else’s mistake."

 

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