The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission sent a development team intent on demolishing or relocating a historic Forest Service building in Hailey to build a parking lot back to the drawing board Monday.

     The commission cited incomplete application criteria for a design review of the parking lot, and a desire to save the building, in its decision to continue the hearing to Oct. 28.

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

     A separate amended development agreement that could pave the way for a new 26-space parking lot on the site is pending before the City Council and will be reviewed during a public hearing on Thursday.

     Monday’s P&Z design review application of a plan by FAPO Holdings Idaho to remove one of its four remaining 1930s-era U.S. Forest Service buildings between River Street and Main Street drew vociferous public opposition.

     “This need for demolition has been created by you guys, and every public comment we have received has been against your [proposed] parking lot,” P&Z Commissioner Sam Linnet told the development team.

     For full story, see the Wednesday edition of the Mountain Express.

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