Housing construction on First Avenue could ramp up further in Ketchum, thanks to a new seven-unit condominium project proposed for 660 N. First Ave.
The project will replace the existing Sun Valley Dental Arts building, where Dr. Ben Franz has an office. He owns the property next door and is developing a mixed-use project on that site.
His project there is under construction on the corner of First Avenue and Seventh Street and is a three-story, 11,844-square-foot building. The building will include a 998-square-foot community housing unit, a commercial space on the first floor that will be used for Franz’s dental practice, two residential units on the second floor and a residential unit on the third floor.
The Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission voted to approve a final plat for Franz’s project Monday night.
The new seven-unit condominium project will be immediately south of Franz’s project. It will require demolishing the Dental Arts building once Franz moves into his new building.
The developer is Galena Peak Partners, which hired Hollis Rumpeltes Architects to design the project.
Architect Daniel Hollis presented the project to the P&Z Monday night. The commissioners considered a pre-application for design review and voted 3-0 to send the project on to the full design review stage. Commissioner Kurt Eggers recused himself from the deliberations and Commissioner Neil Morrow was absent.
The building will be 12,129 square feet total and stand three stories tall.
It will have one 746-square-foot studio on the ground floor, and three parking spaces that will be contained within two garages, according to a city staff report. Four more parking spaces will be provided on site in the alley.
The ground floor will also include a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit that will be 1,268 square feet.
The second floor will include a community housing studio that will be 575 square feet, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit that will be 1,018 square feet in size. A three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit that will be 1,961-square-feet will also be included on the second floor.
The third floor will have two three-bedroom, three-bathroom units ranging from 1,740 to 1,961 square feet.
“We have proposed a mix of materials and colors that will hopefully enact a sense of vibrancy to this area of Ketchum,” Hollis and partner J.J. Rumpeltes wrote to the commissioners.
Commissioners supported the project. Commissioner Tim Carter said he appreciated how they proposed to use the space.
“I like the creativity,” Carter said.