JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Teton County commissioners have entered into an agreement to purchase of 2.4 acres at 9800 S. Highway 89 for $1.3 million. The property was once home to the Horse Creek Station bar and restaurant.
County officials intend to relocate Hoback Fire Station #3 from off the Hoback Junction traffic circle where it is now, and move it some 1.3 miles north on US 89. The move would put the station closer to the new Munger Mountain Elementary School. It would also allow new construction to accommodate some measure of housing.
The money for the land purchase was made available via the recent SPET election when fire station improvements (Prop #9) for $6.8 million was passed by a wide margin with 78 percent of the vote.
The current Hoback firehouse is on a restricted land lease. “Such a move would allow for expansion of the station, necessary to address current issues with overcrowding, as well as allow the county to avoid the insecurities inherent in any lease agreement. The purchase would also allow for the consideration of employee housing on site. Lastly, the site is well located in terms of response area and membership response to the station,” a staff report stated.
Counter leaders will be seeking feedback on the proposed sale at the next meeting of commissioners on Tuesday, May 16 at 9 am.