The agency that owns just one of the greatest-profile vacant properties in central Ketchum is transferring forward with designs to redevelop the internet site with workforce housing.
The Ketchum Urban Renewal Company is creating a program to enter a general public-non-public partnership with a authentic estate developer to construct on a set of parcels on Washington Avenue concerning Initially and Second streets. The 50 percent-block, which handles around a fifty percent-acre right away north of the Limelight Lodge, is at the moment staying leased to the metropolis govt for use as a general public parking lot.
As portion of the approach of establishing a formal “request for proposals”—or RFP—to solicit and select a growth spouse, the URA is doing the job to advise citizens about the project as nicely as get strategies and feed-back. With that in head, the URA held a local community open up-property party about the venture on Wednesday in Ketchum.
The URA is an independent company. It works by using so-known as “tax-increment financing” to fund a range of improvement jobs in a selected city zone. For a set amount of years, as home values raise, the financing model directs the sum of improves in home taxes inside of the zone to the URA, as an alternative of to other taxing businesses. The Ketchum URA will be dissolved in 2030.
Priorities of the URA include things like establishing inexpensive workforce housing, supporting infrastructure improvements, creating parking a lot and constructions, and building other enhancements that reinforce the tax foundation and really encourage personal growth.
The URA board has hired a consultant—Boise-dependent Agnew-Beck—to help in the preparing method for 1st and Washington. The consultant has helped the URA evaluate its choices for the web page and transfer the undertaking ahead.
With workforce housing a precedence for the URA and the city of Ketchum, the URA staff members and board have frequently reviewed acquiring economical units at the Washington Avenue site. In March, the specialist proposed one scenario of constructing a 4-story, blended-use housing and business venture with parking that could include things like 35-55 housing models. Some industry-amount models could be provided to assistance finance the venture.
An additional state of affairs with just local community housing and parking could have 50-70 housing units, the advisor identified. Developments with 100% local community housing in the downtown Community Core zoning district can use a reward to improve the authorized dimension and peak of the project.
Suzanne Frick, government director of the URA, said Thursday that the URA has now narrowed its options. The agency’s RFP will question for proposals to produce a project with deed-restricted workforce housing, community parking, and doable commercial works by using on the ground ground, she said. It would allow for “unrestricted” household units on the fourth flooring, she stated.
“The parameters will be even further refined dependent on the community enter collected to date,” she said in an electronic mail.
The city has established that Ketchum will require to build or normally procure 66-98 very affordable-housing models for each and every of the upcoming 10 years to meet the will need for workforce housing.
The next stage is acquiring the RFP, which will define the finalized objectives of the job, specifics about the advancement site, and the detailed parameters for finishing the venture. The URA has indicated that it strategies to problem the RFP by June, with responses owing in August or September.
The URA board is scheduled to examine the project further at its subsequent assembly at 2 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Ketchum City Hall.