Ketchum, Idaho June 27th, 2011 – ARCH COMMUNITY HOUSING TRUST, in partnership with CITY OF KETCHUM, announces the successful purchase of a single family residence in West Ketchum adding to the pool of much needed community housing available within the Wood River Valley. This home is located on Sabala Drive in West Ketchum. A complete transformation is complete and includes many upgrades such as a new kitchen and new master bath. With approximately 1400 livable square feet, the home includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a yard and an attached garage.
The home will be featured in the upcoming Sun Valley Designer Showcase beginning with a Garden Lunch on July 20th followed by a community open house through July 30th. The following local designers and businesses have taken the renovation to the next level by staging the home: Vicky Bates, Jennifer Cosgrove, Susan Desko, Bill Ecceles,Thad Farnham, Susan Flynt, Massey Glenne, Bruce Martin, Barbara Palzuelos, Heidi Stearns, Sara Rogers, Deanna Tripp, Gunnar Whitehead. From decks to the laundry room, each space in the home will feature the designs of these talented supporters.
The home was purchased out of foreclosure by ARCH in December of 2010. Executive Director of ARCH, Michelle D. Griffith, kept her eye on bank owned property available for sale. As with many distressed properties, the road was a long and hard one on which to travel. ARCH’S attempt to buy the SABALA PROJECT began more than a year ago. After lengthy negotiations between ARCH and the respective owner, the house was purchased for a mutually agreed upon price. Griffith states, “Because we are working to keep people in the Wood River Valley, our perseverance paid off.” Griffith continues ”This year our River and Walnut Street projects coupled with our SABALA PROJECT will allow over 27 people to continue to call Blaine County home.”
With ARCH overseeing renovations, the SABALA PROJECT will be marketed and sold by the BLAINE COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY and will be deed restricted. A local family has already signed an intent to purchase agreement with a second family in line as a back up. An individual or family earning 80% or less of area median income can be considered for community housing by contacting the BCHA at 208-788-6102
The SABALA PROJECT has been made possible through the collaboration of ARCH and BCHA as well as the generosity and donations of Whitehead Landscaping, Columbia Paint, Bruce Martin Interiors, Ketchum Councilman Larry Helzel, Bank of America’s Issac Chilcote, several local high school students and ARCH’s Board members._________Prue I’ll let you fill this bit in…. Scheduled for occupancy in early August, the SABALA HOME will be the center of attention at the upcoming Sun Valley Designer Showcase and Garden Party benefitting ARCH. This event will feature a fabulous garden lunch, a tour of the fabulously staged home and a silent auction. Tickets for the July 20th Garden Lunch are $100 which includes a $60 tax deductible portion. For more information call 208-726-4411.