Mountain Humane thrift store

A newly refurbished Mountain Humane thrift store is set to open next month in the old Hailey Hotel building.

The Mountain Humane animal shelter’s Barkin’ Basement thrift store is scheduled to open on June 20 in the former Hailey Hotel building at 201 S. Main St.

The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission approved a design-review application Monday for sidewalk and street designs at the site that includes bike racks, trees, planters and benches.

“It is so nice to see this building refurbished and to know that it will last a long time,” said P&Z Commission Chairwoman Janet Fugate.

The Hailey Hotel building is known as the Rialto Hotel on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1934. The building was purchased about a year ago by investors and renovated completely. It will house the thrift store as well as four upstairs housing units for Mountain Humane staff.

The final plan for the site includes 10-foot-wide sidewalks and a 22-foot-wide paved “bulb” on the southwest corner of Croy and Main streets that could be connected to an existing Pathways for People bike path.

Hailey Tree Committee Chairwoman Linda Ries commended the development team for using Silva Cell supported pavement structures in the sidewalk design to facilitate tree growth and filter stormwater runoff.

Mountain Humane recently opened a new $16 million animal shelter campus in Croy Canyon. The Barkin’ Basement thrift store, a fundraising business for the animal shelter for many years, operates currently about a block north on Main Street.

 An unfunded plan to build a new Hailey town square includes a potential site on the adjacent block of Croy Street, between the thrift store building and the Hailey Public Library.

City staff determined that the sidewalk plan, which was presented Monday by landscape architect Rob King, could be incorporated into a town square design, if that site is chosen.

“We’ve worked out a sidewalk plan that would work whether a town square is there or not,” said Community Development Director Lisa Horowitz.

In other Hailey news;

  • L.L. Greens Garden Center was granted approval to install three temporary greenhouses for plant sales at the corner of River and Bullion Streets for seven weeks.

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