WHO IS THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COALITION OF KETCHUM?
The Affordable Housing Coalition of Ketchum is a group of individuals who are committed to solutions for community / workforce housing. We believe through great due diligence, mindfulness and respectful alliances with our community we can solve this issue.
We are a coalition of Ketchum citizens who are concerned about how development is done in Ketchum. We are FOR community housing.
The challenge of a town like Ketchum is that demand exceeds supply for housing. While that can be a sign of a successful town, it also means that much of the lifeblood of the town, our teachers, firefighters, healthcare workers and other people who make Ketchum, well…Ketchum, are priced out of the local housing market.
WHAT DOES THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COALITION OF KETCHUM BELIEVE IN?
We believe that affordable housing should be available throughout Ketchum, and should be integrated into our neighborhoods.
We are for sensible zoning laws that encourage affordable housing while preserving the special small town feel of Ketchum.
We are for development that is consistent with the values of Ketchum—small scale and respectful of our rich history.
We are for a data-driven and analytical approach to community housing that looks at the entire workforce of the town. In addition, we are for a plan for how many units, of what size, with characteristics that are the best match for the town and the residents of community housing.
AHC SAYS "YES" TO COMMUNITY HOUSING – "NO" TO BLUEBIRD
Why would a coalition that is for community housing stand against Bluebird?
We believe that if Bluebird goes forward, it will set back Community Housing in Ketchum for another decade or more. It will put Ketchum on track to be just another mountain resort town. We want to preserve what makes Ketchum, Ketchum and not just throw it away to accommodate out of town developers who take advantage of all we have to offer and leave us with little in return.
While Bluebird is being presented by the City as the only viable option for community housing in Ketchum, we all know that isn’t true. There are so many ways to build and provide community housing—we need to be focused and creative!
ABOUT BLUEBIRD VILLAGE
Bluebird Village, a proposed low-income housing project, on the present City Hall/Fire Station and Police Department site in Ketchum, is well on its way to becoming a reality. Construction is anticipated to start in late summer 2021 after approval from each of Ketchum’s governing bodies.
It is a tax-credit and taxpayer funded low-income housing project to be built on the site of the current city hall by GMD, a Seattle developer of affordable housing.
Neil Bradshaw, Mayor
Amanda Breen, Council President
Michael David, Councilor
Courtney Hamilton, Councilor
Jim Slanetz, Councilor