The aerial perspective of the Jackson Street Apartments from the North. Photo: Hoyt Architects

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Teton County Board of County Commissioner unanimously approved the Jackson Street Apartments housing project during their meeting on March 15.

The 57-unit 100% deed-restricted housing project will be located on 10 lots at 335 S. Glenwood, immediately south of the Snake River Brew Pub.

Of the 57 units, 75% will be affordable rentals and 25% will be workforce rental.

The board approved the partnership between the Cumming Foundation and the Jackson/Teton County Affordable Housing Department. The Cumming Foundation will contribute six of the lots and $10 million to the project. Teton County will contribute four of the lots and $5 million in housing mitigation fees for the development. The county will receive 15 employee rights of first rental in exchange.

“The scarcity and rising cost of housing puts tremendous pressure on residents. Often the only solution is to leave Jackson and find housing and employment in other places, which causes uncertainty in people’s lives and harms the community,” said Cumming Foundation Chairman David Cumming.  “We couldn’t be any happier to be involved with Teton County in bringing this project to Jackson and to help relieve some of that pressure.”

The Jackson Street Apartments development has been years in the making and was initially conceived by the late Ian M. Cumming, Founder and Chairman of Leucadia National Corporation. Before his passing, Cumming shared his vision for the property, which was to build a highly livable, affordable rental development in a way that is scalable both in Jackson and other communities.

Since his passing, the family and Jackson/Teton County Housing Department have worked with neighbors, civic organizations, and other stakeholders to refine the design of the development so that it balances community character and the high demand for affordable apartments.

“Creating a community at this site that provides space for individuals and families to live and thrive has been at the core of this work and that really comes through in the design we have today,” said Affordable Housing Director April Norton. “I am thrilled to see this development receive such broad and diverse community support and am grateful to the Cumming Family and the Teton County Commissioners for their leadership in creating this partnership opportunity.”

In addition to the contributions from the Cumming Foundation and Teton County, First Republic Bank is providing below-market debt for the development’s construction.

“Affordable rental housing is critical to Jackson’s future and a key objective of First Republic Bank’s lending strategy,” said Kellie Abreu, Deputy Chief Banking Officer and Regional Managing Director of First Republic Bank. “We are pleased to support this very important initiative by providing attractive project financing.”

The next step for this development is the submission of the building and other necessary permits to the Town of Jackson. The partners anticipate breaking ground on the development later this year. The project should be completed by 2024.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.