JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 A downtown eyesore is finally moving toward development of a different type.\r\n\r\nTown decision-makers approved a development plan for Glenwood Gill Condominiums at 185 N. Glenwood at a council meeting Tuesday night. The free-market condo project is being developed by SR Mills\u2019 Bear Development out of Kenosha, Wisconsin. It marks an end to a long saga that began with the sale of the former Jackson Hole News & Guide location 14 years ago.\r\n\r\nHard-luck lot\r\n\r\nMcCabe Corner was to have become the Community Housing Trust\u2019s biggest venture to date in 2005 when it purchased the .64-acre parcel from Liz McCabe with the intent of developing a mixed-use project with plenty of affordable housing. The venture fell short, and The Trust ultimately sold to investment management company the Eden Group a year later.\r\n\r\nEden Group didn\u2019t fare much better with the property. Construction was halted in 2008 after a worldwide economic downturn dried up funds. Jim Eden received several extensions on proving up the \u2018hole in the ground\u2019 but ultimately surrendered the property to First Interstate Bank who found a buyer in Bear Development in 2012.\r\n\r\nFourth down and yard to go\r\n\r\nMills, who once owned the Painted Buffalo Inn for a decade until he sold it in 2017, was poised finally to carry the ball across the goal line with his 29-unit condominium project but he faced one more hurdle\u2014a yard of encroachment into N Glenwood that drew more than three dozen Episcopalians to town hall Tuesday to voice concern about giveaway on an already narrow street.\r\n\r\nPlans for the project include staying with the original construction of an underground parking garage that served as the base for the whole, even though the design puts the building footprint three feet over property boundary lines. Mills is at least $1.2M into it by now and to tear up what\u2019s been done didn\u2019t make sense to him or town staff.\r\n\r\nBut robbing St. Peter to pay St. Paul didn\u2019t sit well with users of N. Glenwood, especially clergy and parishioners of the nearby church. The three-foot \u2018occident\u2019 shouldn\u2019t have to come out of parcel\u2019s western edge with N. Glenwood, they argued.\r\n\r\nRev. Jimmy Bartz reminded the council that its voice should carry some weight given the church has stewarded its property for 109 years. Rev. Brian Nystrom talked about what a nightmare the busy street already is with heavy traffic and very little parking. Ditto, Rev. Mary Erickson.\r\n\r\nOn it went, a great majority of public comment asked the street not be narrowed nor turned into a one-way traffic flow. Many also expressed approval of the project itself and how they were glad to see something finally being done.\r\n\r\nA side note to the story involves 165 N. Glenwood. The attached double-lot was acquired by Bear in 2016. It currently contains a mix of residential and commercial uses in four older structures.\r\n\r\nBrigid Mander and others who live at 165 N. Glenwood have been actively involved in working out an arrangement with Mills to keep their \u2018affordable\u2019 rentals. Mills has already obtained a demo permit for the property but has expressed as heartfelt desire to work with the current residents.\r\n\r\nHow they voted\r\n\r\nNo one on the council had any hangups with Bear\u2019s plans to develop. Everything was by-right and straight forward. But the street; now that demanded a careful approach.\r\n\r\nCouncilman Jim Stanford was not at all interested in a one-way street. He felt that was something that needed to be looked at comprehensively as to how it fit with traffic management in the area. He agreed parking is tight in the neighborhood but never viewed the street as \u201cdangerous\u201d per se.\r\n\r\n\u201cThat\u2019s news to me. I\u2019ve never found it dangerous,\u201d Stanford said. \u201cBut I\u2019m interested in safety.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cIt all comes down to three feet,\u201d Hailey Morton Levinson admitted, noting that every other aspect of the development itself met land development regs to the T.\r\n\r\nCouncil discussion eventually landed on a plan to narrow up the street slightly and give more room to the pedestrian right of way on the east side of N. Glenwood by the combination of building paver and sidewalk.\r\n\r\nMayor Pete Muldoon said the concession was not a give-away of a yard of public property but an acknowledgment that when the foundation was completed it was to regulation at the time, and to ask the developer to tear it all up now to prove a point would be waste of materials, time and money.\r\n\r\nMuldoon also didn\u2019t mind the driving portion of the street getting narrowed up some, figuring it would serve to slow traffic down.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are trading the road right of way for the pedestrian right of way in my mind,\u201d Morton Levinson agreed.\r\n\r\nThe council voted unanimously to approve Bear Development\u2019s condo project. They also directed staff to look into safety issues on the block, including more frequent snow removal, and come back with a plan.