The city of Ketchum will host an open house Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Limelight Hotel devoted to housing and a proposed rewrite of the light-industrial districts’ land-use and zoning codes.

    The open house will have two sessions, one that begins at noon and concludes at 1 p.m., and a second that runs from 5-6:30 p.m. Free pizza will be offered at both.

    The City Council will consider acquiring a parcel of land at 290-298 Northwood Way during its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. in a transaction valued at $3 million. It includes a $1.5 million cash payment to owner Brian Barsotti and ceding him ownership of the parking lot at Sixth Street and Leadville Avenue, which is valued at about $1.5 million. The city would lease back the parking lot for the next three years to ensure it remains as public parking.

    The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a series of zoning changes in the L.I. districts last fall, including a proposal for increasing the allowed building height in exchange for more affordable housing.

    The City Council is scheduled to hold its first hearing on the proposed changes Feb. 4.

    “Our community’s need for housing is dire,” Mayor Neil Bradshaw said in a news release. “With help from the citizens of Ketchum, I believe we can reach a solution that preserves the needs of the light-industrial area and provides the housing we desperately need.”

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