County commissioners are expected to decide Tuesday what firm will develop housing on county-owned land at 105 Mercill Ave., a lot currently used by the Jackson Hole Historical Society.
Jackson/Teton County Affordable Housing Department Director April Norton is recommending a plan from Tyler Davis and Joe Rice. In a staff report, Norton said the developers “house more people, provide more units and common space, and maximize the site” with their plan.
A handful of developers are vying for the chance to build a housing complex on the site. Teton County is contributing the property to the project, a value of about $2.1 million.
Davis and Rice, working as Mercill Partners LLC, propose 31 units with 45 bedrooms, a courtyard with 6,700 square feet of common space, underground parking and 6,513 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.
Because commercial space generates employees, four units are required to be income- and price-restricted as affordable, with prices starting at $66,500. The remaining 27 units would be restricted for full-time Teton County workers, with an appreciation cap but no restrictions on the initial unit price. Proposed prices range from $251,400 for a 419-square-foot, one-bedroom unit to $525,000 for an 875-square-foot, two-bedroom unit.
Norton said a 27-unit proposal from developer Onion Flats also stands out. Onion Flats’ proposal was the only one submitted that is entirely residential, with 33 bedrooms and no commercial space. The Onion Flats project goes above and beyond sustainability requirements with a net zero energy building, furthering Jackson Hole’s ecosystem stewardship goals. At 45.75 net workers housed, Onion Flats’ project slightly beats out Mercill Partners’ 41.21 net workers housed, per Norton’s calculations.
The advisory Housing Supply Board also supported the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust’s proposal, along with Onion Flats and Mercill Partners. The Housing Trust proposes 24 to 25 units with 36 to 37 bedrooms, and would offer commercial space to the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, which lost its home at 174 N. King St. to another affordable housing project.
County commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the chambers at 200 S. Willow St.