The Hailey City Council on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m. will consider a proposed amendment to a development agreement with FAPO Holdings Idaho that would pave the way for demolition of a 1936 Forest Service building that houses the Wood River Sustainability Center on River Street, to make way for additional parking.

     A review last week by the Planning & Zoning Commission of a plan by FAPO, the owners of The Village at Hailey Center commercial complex, to remove one of its four remaining 1930s-era U.S. Forest Service buildings between River Street and Main Street drew vociferous public opposition.

     “We have an opportunity to preserve this building,” P&Z Chairwoman Janet Fugate said. “Other options will provide additional parking.”

     A 2009 amended development agreement for FAPO’s multiple properties in the Forest Service block of Hailey includes changes to the on-site parking design to accommodate the retention of the Forest Service building. The amendment was made by previous owner John McGowan, now deceased.

     The Village at Hailey Center has the required 49 parking spaces, some of which are on-street parking that soon could be developed more adequately, Community Development Director Lisa Horowitz said.

     The City Council will also address questions and issues concerning the area-of-city-impact negotiations with the city of Bellevue, talks that will likely determine development goals for land between the two cities.

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