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Affordable housing project moves forward

The Jackson Town Council is taking a step toward building new workforce housing.

The council issued a Request for Proposals Monday night to construct workforce housing at 174 N. King Street. The request is for the long-term ground lease and development of the town-owned property. That property currently houses the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum and one employee housing unit.

“This project represents an excellent opportunity to provide workforce housing that is close to schools, the rec center, open space and jobs,” stated Housing Director, April Norton. “We look forward to partnering with a developer who is committed to building a project that enhances livability in our community.”

A comprehensive plan approved by the Town and Teton County in 2012 sets a goal of housing at least 65 percent of the community’s workforce locally. Right now, about 58 percent of the workforce lives locally.

A Housing Supply plan, approved in October, identifies the King Street project as the first to be developed.

“We are eager to move the Housing Supply Plan forward and to take this very real step towards developing workforce housing for our community,” Mayor Pete Muldoon commented. “Our working families are the backbone of this community and the Town is excited to build stable housing for these households.”

You can find the proposal here.

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