Right place, right
took the first step toward realizing a second housing development for
working people when the City Council voted 3-0 to seek tax-credit
financing for the project.
member Maurice Charlat abstained, saying he supports affordable housing
but opposes the Main Street site.
colleagues, Randy Hall, Chris Potters and Baird Gourlay had no such
reservations. They did the right thing in voting to proceed.
There is no
To hold out
for the perfect site is to put off meeting this pressing need forever.
potential sites already owned by the city are mostly parking lots with
their own sets of problems.
exchange suggested by some opponents would simply substitute one set of
objections for another.
needs to face up to its housing problem and get on with the complicated
business of getting units built. Town Center, with 20 affordable units of
various sizes, will be a good start.
place for housing than in the heart of Ketchum, close to jobs, shopping
market rate units on both of Ketchum’s major thoroughfares have sold
well, proving that downtown is an attractive location.
development will meet a number of needs besides housing.
provide space for offices, shops, meeting rooms, and a visitors’ center.
replace Old City Hall--a dilapidated eyesore that should have been torn
down long ago. The new visitors’ center will replace one that is far
downtown units will keep at least 20 cars a day off the highway—a plus
for every commuter.
City Council deserves credit for its leadership on the project.
will have plenty of opportunities to shape the design of the development.
It will have to undergo design-review scrutiny in public meetings like
every other building constructed in the city’s downtown.
If all goes
well, the development itself will become a powerful argument for the
desirability and workability of developing housing in Ketchum.
is the right development in the right place at the right time.