30 new deed restricted units will be built at 105 Mercill Ave. Photo: Teton County

JACKSON, Wyo. — Another affordable housing project began in Jackson today, June 16 at 105 Mercill Ave. Elected officials were present to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony, held today at noon.

The public-private partnership between Mercill Partners, Teton County, and the  Jackson/Teton County Housing Department will create 30 new deed-restricted units — 20 one-bedroom units and 10 two-bedroom units. The units will all be permanently deed restricted for the local workforce. 

“Addressing our housing shortage requires many partners working together, and this project is another example of that. This has included a community effort to find a new home for the historic structures previously on the site and working in collaboration with the Children’s Learning Center to accommodate construction,” said Teton County Board of County Commissioners Chairwoman Natalia Macker in a press release.

“We look forward to future conversations about utilizing the ground floor space to best meet community needs. This public-private partnership to build permanently deed-restricted housing is another step towards ensuring a healthy, strong, resilient Teton County,” Macker said.

Teton County has owned the land since the 1980s, which is valued at $2,100,00. Historic structures were removed from the parcel and are being stored on town property until the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum can place them at their new home on the Genevieve block. One structure that was going to be demolished was saved by Shacks on Racks and moved to private property in Victor. 

Construction is estimated to take 16 months. Twelve of the 30 units may be purchased by employers who can rent the homes to their employees. The remaining 18 homes will be sold to households that work full-time locally and earn at least 75% of their income locally. 

“These homes will provide safe, stable, affordable housing to individuals and families in our community,” said Jackson/Teton County Affordable Housing Director April Norton. 

Last Wednesday, Roller Development, Studio Tack, the Town of Jackson and Jackson/Teton County Housing Department broke ground on Kelly Place, a public-private partnership that will create 12 new permanently deed-restricted homes for the workforce. In total, the Town and County, through the Housing Department, are participating in six public-private partnerships that will create at least 160 new permanently deed-restricted homes for the community.  

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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.