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Friday ó March 5, 2004


Multiple family housing plan endorsed in Hailey

Express Staff Writer

The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission approved the design for a multiple family housing project designated for the northwest corner of River and Chestnut streets, near the LDS Church in Hailey.

Developer Andrew Tian said Monday, March 1, that the three duplexes and a single family home with an auxiliary unit over a carport are unique in the city and also a test of what the real estate market can bear.

Plans show a complex that is out of the ordinary for Hailey. The two story craftsman style structures were designed by long-time Wood River Valley architect Michael Blash, who designed Copper Ridge in Ketchum.

"It is my first project," said Tian. "I want a good quality product. Since they are duplexes I wanted to compensate the smaller land area with a nice architectural design."

Tian said he is shooting for something that fits between the "American dream," a single-family home with a yard, and the deluxe apartments of Copper Ranch.

The duplexes are about 1920 square feet each and the single-family unit is 2400 square feet plus 475 square feet for the accessory dwelling.

Garages will be accessed through the ally, which the city has asked Tian to pave all the way through the block.

City zoning requirements allow for multiple family units on Tianís property.

Originally, planning for six units Tian said he was able to bump up the density when he was informed that building setbacks inside the town site overlay district were less restrictive than elsewhere in the city.

"This whole thing about density is going to be a big issue," Tian said. "The jump in land value over the last few years is incredible. Who can afford to live in Hailey? Sooner or later (increased density) has to happen. Haileyís going to get rebuilt right?"

As a new developer he is also curious to see if townhomes will sell in Hailey as primary residences. Although there are many such buildings in Ketchum Tian said many of them are used more as vacation homes.

Tian plans to build one building per year, learning what works best by working slowly.

"I donít see many of these projects in Hailey," he said.

But, Tian said his gut feeling is that the community will gravitate toward the trend.

City staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission were fully in support of Tianís project. However, they did ask that fencing be stepped back from a retaining wall to give the front more visual relief and texture.


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