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This rendering shows the design of The Lofts @ 660, a new residential project in central Ketchum.

A three-story, 38-foot-tall residential building has been approved by the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission for 660 N. First Ave. in central Ketchum.

The Lofts @ 660, configured on a 5,500-square-foot lot by architectural firm Hollis Rumpeltes, will feature lantern-box clear glass windows, seven apartments and snowscape pathways to mitigate snow-piling. The lot is between Sixth and Seventh streets, next to a mixed-use project currently under construction.

With a gray palette and pixelated basalt stone exterior, the building will blend with surrounding Ketchum architecture, project architect Daniel Hollis said. He added that spaciousness was a key attribute in the Lofts apartments.

“With a floor-to-ceiling height of 10 feet and bathrooms at 9 feet, each apartment will feel voluminous,” Hollis said.

Following an earlier site visit Monday afternoon, all P&Z commissioners voted in favor of granting design-review approval to the Lofts complex.

The project should break ground in October, Hollis said.

“It’s great to get a project like this to fill in fairly quickly, P&Z Chairman Neil Morrow said at the meeting. “I like how the light comes through. I like the design.”

Sun Valley Resort signs

Two proposed Sun Valley Co. monument signs were also discussed Monday night. Both would incorporate backlit acrylic lettering, stone bases and copper plaques, Ruscitto Latham Blanton architect Michael Bulls said.

The first, to be placed at the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Jane Lane, would take on a classic signpost configuration, while the second, to replace the existing “Welcome to Bald Mountain” sign at Highway 75 and Serenade Lane, would resemble a chimney.

“We will be careful to preserve the incredible mountain views,” Bulls said of the proposed sign on Serenade, which would sit atop a man-made gravel hill with natural boulders.

The Serenade configuration was met with some P&Z resistance.

“If the goal is to preserve views, the landscape buffer would not be a benefit,” Commissioner Matthew Mead said.

Commissioner Jennifer Cosgrove agreed.

“I don’t understand the intention of doing these monumental signage pieces, when our monuments in Ketchum are our mountains,” she said. “It’s not even a code issue—it’s more of an aesthetic issue.”

The monuments will be reviewed by the City Council for final approval.

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