Parks and Rec housing

Twenty-six studio and one-bedroom apartments for town and county employees on Snow King Avenue are expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation is nearing the end of construction on its new housing and maintenance facility on Snow King Avenue.

The 26 units of studio and one-bedroom apartments designated for town and county employees — along with maintenance and equipment storage space for the department — should be finished by the end of the year, Parks and Recreation Director Steve Ashworth told county commissioners during a meeting Monday.

“We’re in our last 100 days,” he said. “Now is where it’s not as much the big items, but it is all of the tedious items. This is where we really kind of do that final push.”

Elected officials approved the project in 2018 at $7.5 million, or $309 per square foot, and Ashworth said it remains on budget.

About half of that cost comes from the housing component, for which voters approved $2.9 million in specific purpose excise tax funding in the 2017 election. The rest of the project cost is split between the town and county budgets.

Ashworth said the deadline for the original contract was Dec. 31, but due to construction challenges Parks and Rec offered the contractor, Record Steel and Construction Inc. out of Boise, Idaho, an extension of 25 days. However, he said, Record Steel thinks it can do without the extra time and finish on schedule.

The home stretch for the project has come into view after a rocky start. In the summer of 2017, the first iteration of the facility drew only a single bid for about $11 million, roughly double what officials expected.

They spent the next year scaling down the plan for the facility, and in 2018 approved the $7.5 million bid, shaving millions off the initial cost.

Contact Cody Cottier at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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