is there any suitable land Boyne owns that they could use? The whole area is a bit of a mess of land ownership
I tried to buy land up there a few years before the pandemic and there were lots of plats available. In fact, from 2016-2019 there was little demand for land/housing up at the pass outside of wealthy folks with second homes. I didnt end up buying as from talking with contractors, King County was causing headaches for builders. Most sellers had been trying to get plans approved for 2-3 years and eventually gave up due to red tape.
Bryce Phillips owner of Evo has since formed a new company and has been buying up and flipping residential land and also just opened the "Firehouse" co-working space with a coffee shop and Evo store with plans to build a spa and more luxury housing similar to those Randito mentioned behind the Commonwealth. There's also a large parking lot at both Hyak and Alpental that could be used for housing but Boyne will likely prioritize parking spaces for paying guests. There's ~16 acres for sale in nearby Easton that could also be an option.
In reality I'm not sure how much Boyne care to invest in solving this problem. From reading the Summit 2030 plan they're investing in technology e.g. RFID and automation to reduce reliance on staffing. I hiked Denny Mtn a few weeks back and took a walk around the office building at Alpental and noticed that the entire roof is held up by two adjustable support pins so it appears the building is subsiding? If this is the case they likely have significant upcoming maintenance costs and employee housing is the least of their worries.
Note that that area lies is Kittitas county -- I suspect the building permit process is less complicated and quicker in a county with 47,000 residents compared to a county with 2.225 million ( 47x )
Even with the overhead of the building permit process here in King county -- there is an amazing amount of construction activity -- Within a mile of my places there a a half dozen "reconstruction" projects underway -- were a modest mid-century home is demolished and new far bigger (but still single family) structure is built.
In reality I'm not sure how much Boyne care to invest in solving this problem.
I wonder about that too. If super expensive places like Vail, Aspen and Sun Valley can figure out employee housing, to some degree at least, surely Boyne could at the Summit...if they wanted to. This doesn't seem like a problem that will solve itself and so it's so puzzling to hear their complaints but no action on solutions.
Those sound great. Seattle really caved to investors and the company when creating their laws. There's no limit on how many units one can own downtown/First Hill/Belltown. The only affordable unit on my block--a duplex that had been a rental for longtime, good tenants whose leases were then not renewed--was purchased by an Airbnb "superhost" investor last year. It was immediately broken in to, which is common with Airbnbs, then they tore up the sidewalk and haven't replaced it. It's been a year with sidewalk closed signs on both ends of the block; they are claiming the adjacent property owner needs to chip in but a city inspector came out and said no, this is your doing and your problem). So, loss of affordable housing, more crime, negative impact to neighbors. Boo.
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