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Create and offer exceptional housing for working professionals and their families.
Jericho is dedicated to serving the housing needs of working professionals and families. We operate independently, without relying on government subsidies, and strive to provide a sustainable living environment for our residents. With very limited options for long-term rentals of 3-4 bedrooms in the area, we are proud to build to attract a thriving community of professionals who play a crucial role in supporting the local economy and enhancing the social fabric of Sun Valley.
We are committed to preserving the local environment and maintaining its natural beauty. To that end, we have made a conscious decision to construct all-electric homes that align with our environmental values. Additionally, we have taken the extra step of eliminating the use of gas stoves, fireplaces, and gas grills on our property to further protect the air quality and ensure safety for our residents.
The Elkhorn Master Plan has designated Block 7 as a commercial core lot for a 41-unit complex much like Elkhorn Springs Condos. However, after careful consideration, we have proposed a more appropriate solution in the form of a townhome community. Our proposal considers proportion with the lot and its neighboring buildings, and 25% of the scale than what is outlined in the Master Plan. This approach will ensure that the development is in harmony with the surrounding area and does not overpower the lot or adjoining tennis courts.
The Jericho townhome community will consist of a limited number of 19 units, offering 3- or 4-bedroom options with 3 bathrooms each. Every unit will be equipped with a 1- or 2-car garage for convenient parking. This represents a unit reduction of 54% from the Elkhorn Master Plan, which outlines a larger commercial apartment building, similar to the neighboring Creekside and Hillside buildings. Our proposal is designed to minimize the impact on the surrounding area and provide a more harmonious development.
The Jericho townhomes will feature a ground floor with a garage and entryway, which will be constructed on site. The top two floors will be manufactured off site and delivered to the location at 90% completion, significantly reducing the disruption caused by on-site construction. This innovative approach provides a more efficient and less intrusive building process, while maintaining high standards for quality and craftsmanship.
At Jericho, we have set a goal to achieve the lowest carbon operating footprint of any community in the surrounding area. To achieve this, we have placed a strong emphasis on energy and water efficiency. Our community benefits from Idaho Power's commitment to renewable energy, with over 60% of their energy sources being renewable. Our ultimate goal is to reach a Net Zero footprint, demonstrating our commitment to environmental sustainability and reducing our impact on the planet.
Our homes will feature a range of cutting-edge technologies, including induction cooking, smart LED lighting with remote control, air filtration systems for improved indoor air quality, energy-efficient water appliances, fire sprinkler systems for safety, and a range of sensors for optimal living conditions. These features will provide our residents with a healthy and sustainable living environment, while reducing their impact on the environment.
We plan to incorporate a mix of durable materials in its construction, including board formed concrete, wood composites, and various metal siding options, which are commonly used in local projects. The color palette will be carefully selected to match the surrounding neighborhood, incorporating earthy tones and colors that blend seamlessly with the natural environment. We will honor the Central Idaho Dark Sky with minimal lighting, below allowed limits. This approach will keep in with the local aesthetic, while providing a high-quality and long-lasting building envelope.
The visualization demonstrates how the Jericho townhome community will seamlessly integrate into the neighborhood. Our approach to the design was guided by the principles of creating a peaceful and quiet community that is in proportion to the surrounding land and local community. This focus on proportion, scale, and community harmony will ensure that the development enhances the area, rather than detracting from it.
Jericho respects scale, design and proportion of the surrounding area. The Creekside and Hillside condo buildings are much larger and overlook Jericho. The flat roof design with angled stairway entrances provide for an open view from 104 Village Way and the roof penetrations, for venting and the limited roof decks, are screened.
We have been engaging in active dialogue with our neighbors, the SVEA, the ESMA, and the City of Sun Valley since July 2022. Our first community outreach event, a "meet and greet" with neighbors, was held in October 2022. We understand the importance of transparency and open communication, and will not commence construction until all necessary approvals have been obtained and weather conditions are favorable. Our goal is to ensure that our development project is well received by and has a positive contribution to the local community.
SVEA reached out and expressed an interest in acquiring the land. The dialogue presented a unique one-time opportunity for SVEA to own and shape the future of Elkhorn Village. Recognizing the significance of this moment for the community. While not obligated in any way, we'd consider a fair market value exchange of land or cash. We allowed more than four months for negotiations and SVEA never made an offer.
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In recent years, there has been a trend towards more modern architectural styles in both commercial and residential development in Sun Valley and Ketchum. The most recent building in the area, the SVEA tennis pavilion and Senabi Lane homes, serves as a example of this shift and sets the precedent for future development in the area. The Master Plan calls for a variety of styles recognizing that design trends change over time and help keep our community from feeling dated. It is our intention to align with this "mountain modern" style in any new construction on our site, ensuring that our development is in keeping with the important trends and aesthetic standards in the community.
We selected an award winning team of architects - Jared Levy and Gordon Stoddard. Gordon and Jared worked together at Marmol Radziner Prefab creating high end homes in expensive high end communities. Inspired by the opportunity to bring high end design with factory efficiency and top end quality, they formed Connect Homes to provide homes to resort locations including Lake Tahoe, Sonoma and Malibu, dense infill areas in Los Angeles and hard to service rural communities.
No. At Jericho, our goal is to provide long-term rental options, with a focus on one-year leases. We believe that there is a strong demand for this type of housing in the area. We will restrict our tenants from subleasing or using our properties for short-term rentals such as Airbnb. While we'll focus on annual lease agreements, many owners in Elkhorn Village offer their properties on Airbnb and we'll maintain the same rights as any other owner.
We plan to be an owner-occupied community. Jordan and Allison plan to reside in one of the townhome units as their primary residence. As working professionals, they are eager to establish roots in the community and start a family. We hope to attract many more families like Jordan and Allison who are looking for a high-quality, sustainable living environment.
It is important to note that Block 7, the site of the Jericho townhome community, is private land and separate from the official Sun Valley Elkhorn Association (SVEA) parking area. The development of Jericho will not result in a reduction of SVEA parking spaces. Block 7 will not be utilized as unofficial parking, regardless of the outcome of the approval process for Jericho. The parking challenges will remain unchanged, and the development of Jericho will not impact the availability of parking for SVEA, WRJC or Sun Valley Golf.
Yes, in fact, we'll supply more parking than required. The Jericho townhome community will offer ample parking for its residents, with a total of 37 parking spaces provided, exceeding the minimum requirement of 24 spaces from the City of Sun Valley code. Each unit will be equipped with a garage, and additional common resident parking spaces will be available. This supply of parking will ensure that residents have convenient and secure parking options, and will help to alleviate any concerns about parking availability in the surrounding area.
The Elkhorn Master Plan contemplates 41 units and a total of 75,000 square feet of living space. It envisions two buildings like Creekside (104 Village Way) on both sides of Village Way. However, the Jericho townhome community significantly reduces this scale, offering only 19 units with a total of 24,870 square feet of living space. The Elkhorn Master Plan guides development in Elkhorn and was created with a comprehensive view of the area and was created through a long public process. Our proposal will permanently amend the Master Plan to reduce scale in a deliberate effort to minimize the impact of the development on the surrounding area, while still providing high-quality housing options for working professionals and families.
As the only available commercial building lot in Sun Valley, there has been interest from large developers to build additional Elkhorn Springs condo buildings. However, as a local family, we believe that the Jericho townhome community represents the best solution for the residents and the wider community. Our goal is to provide high-quality housing options that are in keeping with the local character and aesthetic, while minimizing our impact on the environment. We hope that the local community will support our efforts to bring this project to fruition.
Jericho's compact size and lower profile make it an ideal complement to the existing tennis and pickleball courts. In close collaboration with the city and fire departments, we have ensured that the homes are positioned as far away from the courts as logistics allow. Alternative development solutions would likely result in larger structures that are much closer to the courts, making Jericho a more suitable and harmonious option for the area.
Much of the construction will be done in a climate-controlled factory with experienced construction workers who focus on quality and safety. They work with highly engineered designs resulting in a quality level higher than the average on-site construction. Each home is comprised of several "modules" which are assembled and finished onsite. This process significantly reduces waste and also dramatically reduces the disruption on the site with a shorter duration and far fewer workers and trucks onsite than you'd see with an onsite project.
Elkhorn Springs is the among the highest density community in the Sun Valley area. Neighboring buildings have decks at all levels, from ground to 4th story, and from one deck, you can see many other decks. Most Jericho units will have a deck and the 4 bedroom units will have an additional small, screened roof deck. Our lease agreements with tenants will tightly control concerns about noise or mess. We will ensure that our tenants treat their decks with the same responsibility and consideration as their owner neighbors.
The "say no" anti-housing group has made a wide range of claims and view new housing as detrimental to Sun Valley. What's clear is that less than 0.1% of all the undeveloped land in Elkhorn is zoned for development and 99.9% of the area will remain as is. Providing additional housing choices for locals is tightly constrained to this 0.1% of already zoned residential, yet undeveloped, areas.
1. They argue that Jericho is too dense. Yet under Elkhorn's master plan, the commercial lot we're developing was designed for 40+ condo units. Atypical for a developer, we seek to a 52% reduction in units and a 67% reduction in mass from the ratified master plan.
2. This will take away a public 'amenity' . This is private land zoned for high density residential housing. It's been that way since the hotel was removed roughly 2 decades ago.
3. Claims that our long-term rentals will "attract the wrong crowd" and disrupt their "peaceful enjoyment" are fundamentally misguided. The suggestion that renters are somehow less socially acceptable than owners is something we vehemently reject. The future of Sun Valley depends on residents like those we seek to house – those who will enhance the vibrancy, economy, and social fabric of the community.
4. Allegations that we will cause and leave behind damage to city property are unfounded. The bulk of the construction will occur offsite, with materials brought in by standard semi-trucks, not wide load trucks as claimed. We anticipate significantly less disruption than a typical construction project of this size. Adhering to our "leave no trace" philosophy, our local construction firm is committed to leave no trace in the surrounding area.
5. Claims that Jericho doesn't provide adequate resident parking are false. As acknowledged by the city, our project is "over-parked," providing residents 30% more on-site parking than required.
6. Claims that makes the amenity parking worse. The apparent amenity parking shortage pre-dates Jericho and is an issue that needs separate attention by the amenity’s provider, not a private landowner. All the amenity owners (WRJCC, SVEA and SV Company) agree that their amenity parking is their reponsibility. Previous courtesy use of this private lot for public parking doesn't make it a public resource.
7. Statements that the housing is "shipping containers". False. Our construction is 70% factory built and trucked, via standard trucking, to the site. Once completed, it has the look and feel of a site-built home, at a higher quality than many locally constructed site built homes. Shipping containers are not used.
8. That the various parties are working to "sneak" approvals and bypass the well established process of community notice. Unfounded. We began open community meetings long before we submitted our first application. We've spent many extra months and considerable money on making dozens of requested changes to the design. We hosted this website. The city and the HOAs have strict processes of notification and they've been followed precisely.
9. That Jerico is short term rentals. I think we've said this enough times that our entire purpose is to provide long-term rentals to the community. We reserve the right to offer short term rentals, but it's not our goal and it is a misrepresentation to call this short-term rentals. Elkhorn Village has a high density of short-term rentals and we don't believe the market needs more.
10. That we initially proposed this would "affordable housing". Simply untrue - this is not a subsidized development to add more affordable housing. There are several terrific groups working on that problem. We have stated clearly, from the start, that we are building market rate housing.
By providing quality long-term rental homes, we contribute to the prosperity of Sun Valley and Elkhorn. Our community's future depends on more and better housing choices. We value community input and are committed to ongoing transparent discussions with our neighbors.
The Planning & Zoning commissioners and staff of Sun Valley diligently reviewed, evaluated all input and ensured compliance with all city codes and requirements before deciding to advance this project.
Mis-information by the "say no" anti-housing group simply doesn't serve any audience. We welcome discussion and engagement but there's no place for mis-information.
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