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Wednesday, March 10, 2004


House tour
request tabled

Foundation wants OK to let
public ring Papa’s door bell

Express Staff Writer

A plan to conduct public tours at the onetime Ketchum residence of renowned writer Ernest Hemingway has prompted a series of discussions over the impacts the activity might have on the surrounding neighborhood.

Convening Monday, March 8, to consider an application by the Idaho Hemingway House Foundation to use the approximately 16-acre Hemingway House property as a venue for public tours and writing workshops, Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commissioners ultimately delayed taking action on the proposal.

The Idaho Hemingway House Foundation is a non-profit group charged with overseeing Hemingway’s former Ketchum residence, a 20th century log home located at 400 Canyon Run Boulevard.

The group has applied to the city for a conditional use permit to allow limited public access to the site, which is located adjacent to a residential neighborhood. In addition, the foundation has applied for a text amendment to the city’s Limited Residential district zoning code to make the proposed uses permissible by the city.

Commissioners determined that they would like the newly formed Ketchum Historical Commission to review the proposed changes to the zoning code to consider whether the planned uses are appropriate.

The P&Z voted to delay consideration of both requests until an unspecified date after the Historical Commission has reviewed the plan.

Hemingway bought the property in 1959. The Idaho Hemingway House Foundation now is party to an agreement to lease and manage the house and surrounding property.

Numerous neighbors of the site have voiced opposition to the proposed plan.

However, neighbor Jonathan Neeley said Monday that neighbors have had "productive" meetings with proponents of the plan and would like to continue the discussions.

The matter will likely be reviewed again in April.


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