440 W. Kelly Ave Ground Lease

Town councilors approved a ground lease for the 440 W. Kelly property, giving the project the green light to move ahead.

After a monthslong saga a 12-unit town housing project at 440 W. Kelly Ave. has the green light.

The Jackson Town Council approved a ground lease for the project late Monday night, giving J. Roller Development and Tack Development the go-ahead to develop the site owned by the town just north of the Teton County Fairgrounds. Signing the ground lease was the final step for moving forward.

Three people opposed the project Monday, including Perri Stern, a neighbor and long-standing critic who listed 12 worries about the move.

But three councilors voted for the measure, sealing the deal. Mayor Pete Muldoon pushed back against concerns that the council was not practicing good fiscal responsibility in moving the project forward.

“I think the council has been working diligently to be fiscally responsible and to get the most housing for the limited amounts of money that we have,” Muldoon said. “I’m happy to support this.”

Councilors Jim Stanford and Jonathan Schechter were the two councilors who voted no, continuing their long opposition to the proposal.

The development should include 12 units with a total of 22 bedrooms and 18 parking spaces.

Ten units will be two-bedroom homes priced at $600,000 and two will be one-bedroom homes with a $300,000 price tag. The council did not support spending additional money to bring the cost of the units down further.

The town will receive four employee rights of first purchase for units in the project.

The council was able to act unilaterally on the proposal because of a deal it reached with the Teton County Board of Commissioners that gave the town control of the property and ended months of gridlock. In exchange, commissioners took over and eventually sold the Rains property on the West Bank for $1.9 million.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

(1) comment

Gregory Miles

Kudos to the Town Council for getting this done. Yes its density, yes the current structures around it are lower in scale, but the reality is we see this type of development pattern all over town, in a way its just how this town has evolved.

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