After years in the planning, Westview Townhomes take shape, breaks ground

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – An official groundbreaking Tuesday for Westview Townhomes was a significant event, even if the 16 units of workforce housing it will provide will not be ready for occupancy for well over a year.

The old Choice Meats site, just off the Y at 1255 West Highway 22, will be the setting for 20 total condominium units (16 deed restricted as workforce ownership and 4 market-rate ownership).

The housing concept at the Y was first hit upon by Eric Grove and Charlie Schwartz when they bought the property in 2008. The two locals announced the intention of building workforce housing and selling it directly to employers who could then rent it to their workers.

Despite their best efforts, Grove and Schwartz were finally overwhelmed with the financial burdens of developing in Jackson and Teton County. The project encountered numerous snags including municipal water/sewer hookup, sidewalk extensions, and monumental design/engineering efforts to ensure there is not another Budge Slide at the location at the base of a fairly steep incline.

After plugging away for more than three years at it, Grove and Schwartz recently sold to Red Roots Communities headed by Hunter McCardle. McCardle is moving forward with essentially the same original design. His group hopes to have the development ready for occupancy by September 2020.

“This project is part of the 243 deed-restricted units in the new unit pipeline and we are excited to see development begin,” said Jackson/Teton County Housing Department Director April Norton.

“We are focused solely on building workforce housing,” McCardle said at the groundbreaking event yesterday. “This is a 14-month build project and we expect to have people living in the units by next September.”

Maureen Murphy of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce was also on hand at the event. “We are excited to be a part of this private developer and community partnership,” she said, adding that the developer is ready to get started as they wait on a building permit to be issued.

To qualify for Workforce Ownership units, households must earn 75% of their income locally, work full time for a local business, and may not own property within 150 miles of Teton County.

Check out the Affordable Housing website to see renderings of the new homes.

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