A historic 1936 Forest Service building that houses the Hailey Sustainability Center on River Street is targeted for demolition to make way for additional parking for the nearby Village at Hailey Center commercial complex at 314 S. River St. The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a design review hearing at 5 p.m. tonight to consider the project.

     The building served as the Sawtooth Forest Service headquarters from 1933-1953.

     Both the Hailey Sustainability Center and Village at Hailey Center properties are owned by FAPO Holdings Idaho LLC, which presented plans to the City Council last week to demolish two older homes on River Street to build a parking lot. That plan was met with some public resistance.

     Community Development Director Lisa Horowitz said in an interview that the home demolition plan was recently abandoned and the applicant returned to an original plan to remove the Sustainability Center building instead to build 28 parking spaces.

     Real estate agent Matt Engel, who represented the developer at public meetings, said a lack of parking had been a “continuous issue” at the Village at Hailey Center and that the building was only 30 percent occupied.

     Engel said a potential new tenant at the building called for the additional parking.

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

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