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For the week of May 2 through May 8, 2001

Multi-use building

$10,000 grant won for new chamber site study

Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County and Ketchum housing authorities have received a $10,000 grant to plan a new building in Ketchum containing affordable housing rental units, a new visitor center and new Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber of Commerce offices at the chamberís current site on Main and Fourth streets.

It may be possible to build as many as 15 to 25 affordable units on the site, housing director Gates Kellett estimated.

Kellett won the grant through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and First Security Bank of Utah.

"This is very good news," wrote chamber of commerce executive director Carol Waller in a monthly report.

Kellett is searching for an architecture and design firm to conduct a preliminary design study of the site.

"The whole point of the grant is just to study the site," Kellett said. Depending on the studyís results, the existing visitor center and surrounding structures may or may not stay.

Kellett said the project will probably include underground parking, ground level retail space and affordable housing, though the plans are still very "conceptual."

Michael Radway, chairman of the board of Federal Home Loan Bank, wrote in an April 17 memo that the bank received 20 applications for the grant and that five of those requests were approved.


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