The Hailey City Council agreed Monday to give ARCH Community Housing Trust six months to acquire grant funding to build eight affordable-housing units on city property in Woodside subdivision.

“We are not signing on to anything, just giving you a chance,” Mayor Fritz Haemmerle said.

ARCH Executive Director Michelle Griffith presented plans to the council earlier this month for an affordable-housing project on about a half-acre of city property that had been slated many years ago for a fire station recently deemed unnecessary.

Griffith said federal housing grants could be feasibly sought early next year once a property donation was tentatively identified for construction.

The land is at the corner of Woodside and Countryside boulevards near Sweetwater Community. Griffith said it could be used for a mix of deed-restricted rental and owned homes funded by the federal HOME Program.

“There is quite a bit of money next year in the program for ownership units,” she said.

Griffith said the federal grant criteria allow the city to designate the housing for city employees, first responders or other targeted groups.

“In six months, we could decide whether to do this or not,” Haemmerle said.

In other Hailey news:

  • The City Council voted to allow the Idaho Transportation Department’s work crews to operate at night during summer 2021 to rebuild Main Street.
  • The council granted a final plat for Carbonate View subdivision.

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