Well, it looks like RV camping in the Town of Jackson is about to become a thing of the past. That’s because the Teton County Housing Authority is buying the Virginian RV Park.
No price was revealed for the purchase of the 5-acre parcel, but elected officials on Tuesday said the site was perfect for housing.
Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson said, “This is an ideal property for community housing. Its location directly in the center of town will provide easy access to food, transportation, and other amenities. Considering our Comp Plan’s goal to continue making Town the Heart of the Region and create complete neighborhoods, the Town is thrilled to acquire this land to build more housing for our community.”
Teton County Board of County Commissioners Chair Luther Propst added, “The Virginian RV Park is an ideal location for affordable workforce housing. At just over 5 acres, the parcel is large enough to provide housing at a scale that is meaningful to mitigating our local housing crisis. With Housing Authority ownership, we have an opportunity to create a partnership to provide 100% deed restricted housing for first responders, critical service providers, and other members of the local workforce. What a great use of SPET housing funds. Kudos to everyone who has made this happen.”
The Jackson / Teton County Housing Authority will utilize Housing Supply funds to purchase the land. These funds include mitigation fees from private developers, General Fund contributions from the Town and County, and recently approved Specific Purpose Excise Tax funds.
“We are pleased to have worked alongside the Town, County and their staff to enter into this contract for affordable housing for our valley,” said Ted Staryk, a partner in the Virginian Lodge. “The zoning on this property, the surrounding amenities such as the library and pathways, and its proximity to START make this the perfect location for future community housing.”