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New hostel, hotel and condo project proposed for Downtown McCall

McCall Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing for a design application and a request for a conditional use permit for a four-story mixed-use hostel and condominium building during their last meeting.

The building would sit at 901 Second Street near McCall City Hall. Jeff Hatch with Hatch Design and Architecture presented the proposed layout of the building. On the ground floor, it would include a lobby for the hostel and three retail spaces. There will also be a storage area. On the second floor, the plan calls for traditional hotel rooms, hostel rooms and amenities, including patio space.

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The final two floors would feature condos.

There is a solar panel array that would work to make a range of patio spaces accessible year-round.

“The solar panel array does two things, it collects solar in the summertime but it also has a bifacial system that collects off of the surface and patio space in the wintertime,” Hatch said. ”So you can generate electricity both during the summer and the winter. In the wintertime, these are angled to locate the snow into areas that would then melt and drain.”

Concerns over height & parking

Hatch said neighbors expressed concerns over parking during a neighborhood meeting. He says there are four parking spots within a five-minute walk and three within a 300-foot radius of the building. On-site parking is for the condos. There are two spaces per condo, one ADA parking space, and one more that is for either public parking or for business on the ground floor. 

“We have a bus stop that is basically across the street to the west of this location,” he said. “But the balance of individuals would be coming by car would be utilizing the various public parking spaces available in 300 feet of the site. Part of the regulations of the hostel would be that they would be mandated to use those public parking spaces.”

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Another concern voiced during the neighborhood meeting, and public comment was the height of the building. Hatch has proposed a flat roof to create a lower profile and has lowered the original building height from 50 feet to 44 feet. But the tip of the solar panel puts the entire building at 54 feet.

“I think my biggest thing is the height being well over, not just at 44 feet as they’re stating, but up to 54 feet,” commissioner Robert Lyons said. “And again, as far as this CUP, I just do not see it being harmonious with the neighborhood.” 

After discussion heavily focused on the height and parking, the commission requested additional information and moved to reopen the public hearing on March 2, 2021.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Ketchum, McCall and general news. Contact her at [email protected].

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