The Blaine County commissioners have tentatively agreed to donate another $350,000 to ARCH Community Housing Trust’s expanded plan for a pair of 30-unit affordable housing developments on the site that once held Blaine Manor in Hailey.
That money would supplement the $150,000 the county holds in a trust earmarked for the development, bringing the county’s total cash commitment to $500,000. The commissioners also donated the land for the project, which the board valued at about $2 million, according to County Commissioner Jacob Greenberg.
But both contributions are contingent on ARCH’s getting the rest of the money to break ground. Last year, its application to the Idaho Housing and Finance Association to fund a 30-unit senior housing facility featuring 26 affordable apartments fell short.
A new plan includes the original 30 units for seniors 55 and older plus a separate building for all-ages “family housing.” All but five units would be reserved for households earning between 30 and 60 percent of area median income.
All three county commissioners tentatively agreed to fund ARCH’s request during the early stages of their budget deliberations last month, though at this point nothing is guaranteed. As of Tuesday, the county’s draft spending plan was around $2.2 million in the red, according to County Clerk JoLynn Drage, the board’s budget officer.
The commissioners will sit down Wednesday and Thursday this week to pare the budget numbers into balance, but they aren’t required to publish the budget until the middle of August. The budget will be finalized on Sept. 3.