Mountain Express: Ketchum Community-Housing Project Goes Forward Despite Challenge


A 26-unit community-housing development has been approved by Blaine County commissioners, increasing the amount of affordable housing available in the often pricey Ketchum area.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that Ketchum-based nonprofit ARCH Community Housing got the green light to build its Quail Creek Townhomes on two acres of land near Highway 75.

The development, described by the Express as "price-restricted," will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units, and will be built on land donated by Quail Creek LLC.

Not everyone is happy about the project, though. A neighbor has cast doubt on the legality of Quail Creek's donation. The Express reports the company had planned to build its own, much larger housing development—including 39 community-housing units—but the project failed. Commissioners allowed Quail Creek to amend its development agreement so it could donate the parcel instead of going forward with construction.

Attorney and Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle, representing the  neighbor, said the agreement couldn't be changed because some building permits had already been issued.

The Quail Creek Townhomes are expected to be complete in fall 2015, despite the possibility that the project may be appealed in court.