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In response, the city liberalized its rules, allowing some of the hotel units to be sold as condominiums, including the popular fractionalized format. That has yielded a new proposal for a condo-hotel, but hotel developers say it may not be enough. They also want taller buildings.
Hotels developers believe the public doesn’t fully appreciation the risks of building hotels. “It’s scary doing a hotel,” says Brian Barsotti, the developer who tried — and failed — to build at the Main Street location previously. He now may try to build at the base of the ski area.
The current proposal before the city council, reports the Idaho Mountain Express, is to allow development rights elsewhere, such as on the town’s periphery, to be transferred to suitable locations. The problem is that there are always objections to density no matter the receiving area.
The current restriction on heights is four floors. One developer, Steve Burnstead, proposes a five-story structure. It would 58 feet on Main Street, and 68 feet at its maximum, stepped-back location.