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Wednesday, March 3, 2004


New Hailey hotel plan get nod from P&Z

Express Staff Writer

The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission approved plans for a new hotel at the north end of town to be called the Sawtooth Gateway Inn Monday, Mar. 1.

Proposed by developer Bruce Allen who owns the property along Main Street at McKercher Boulevard, the 64-room, three-floor hotel with swimming pool, spa and meeting rooms would be part of the AmericInn chain, based in Minnesota. The chain comprises over 200 hotels nationwide.

The design approval came after architect Tobin Dougherty of Tobin Architects made some modifications to the backside of the building, and Allen moved closer to satisfying parking requirements for the property.

"Tobin has done everything we asked of him," Commissioner Eddy Svidgal said. "He sexed up the backside of the building."

Commissioner John Seiller said the hotel also fits inside the confines of the city’s central business district as described in the Hailey comprehensive plan.

The commission approved the project before all parking issues have been resolved, but Hailey Planning Director Kathy Grotto said she expected plans for the remaining space would be resolved by the time a building permit for the project is approved.

Allen is trying to secure one of two properties adjacent to the site for the remaining parking needs of the hotel.

A second phase of development on the proposed hotel property could change the parking dynamics as well.

City engineer Tom Hellen said he felt comfortable that an extension of First Avenue adjacent to the proposed hotel would match plans by developers of the latest section of the Northridge Subdivision. But, he said it was up to the two developers to coordinate their plans for the extension that would connect to an eastern extension of McKercher Boulevard.

Ken Carwin, owner of the Wood River Inn spoke in support of the project.

"I wish you good luck," he said. "I think competition improves us all."



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