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Ketchum hopes to buy land by Bald Mtn. for preserve. Apartments possible if funding isn’t found

A large, scenic property could soon see housing – and a large park – along the Wood River in Ketchum.

A 78-acre former golf course, tennis facility and restaurant site near Bald Mountain along Warm Springs Rd. has seen a number of changes in the plan in recent decades. In the early 2000s, the golf course was removed and the restaurant closed.

Now, preliminary site work is underway for the Warm Springs Ranch property, which could add 35 single-family homes, as well as a large nature preserve area, owned by the City of Ketchum. Homes would end up on 14 acres of the picturesque site, with the nature preserve on the remaining 78 acres, if the City of Ketchum can find funding for the land.

The city is hoping to raise the funds to exercise the option it has to buy the land from developer Bob Brennan, according to the Idaho Mountain Express. The city started fundraising, and must raise $9 million to purchase the ground, and has to have $4.5 million committed by the end of this year.

Site Plan for proposed Warm Springs Reserve. Via City of Ketchum

If the city can’t buy the property from Brennan, it could be developed or sold. The site is entitled for up to 180 multi-family units and two more homes.

If Ketchum can find funding, the site would include a so-called “passive park” with open space, as well as trails, restoration of Warm Springs Creek, and public restrooms. The site could not be developed or used for most sports or events.

Past plans for the site included a large hotel and other ideas which never came to fruition, according to the Mountain Express. Brennan bought the property last year.

Update: After the publication of this story, City of Ketchum officials let us know the deadline for fundraising has been extended to the end of this year.

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