Mammoth Town Council takes initial steps on … Shady Rest

By Deb Murphy
Now that the Town of Mammoth Lakes’ purchase of Shady Rest is official, what are the next steps to develop the 25-acre parcel for affordable housing?
That was the question on the Town Council’s agenda, right after they had to reject bids for the Multi-Use Facility. The MUF started in controversy from neighboring condo owners and ended with bids twice what staff had estimated.
Mayor John Wentworth asked staff to come back “and tell us what went wrong.” Then the Council had to go to the next item—another, more vital but equally ambitious project.
The end game is a development of 172, or more, affordable housing units. The first steps presented by Public Works Director Grady Dutton: start on the preliminary work—getting the lay of the land on paper—and coming up with a name, other than Shady Rest.
Town Manager Dan Holler explained there is funding set aside to identify adjacent land uses, wetlands review, boundaries and topographic mapping, site conditions and the removal of hazardous trees. The Council agreed.
Compilation of the information leads into a scope that can be used for environmental review, Holler explained in an e-mail. The timing for actual development is undefined, he stated. “The overall goal is to move quickly and have the initial work commencing on at least the first phase within three years.”
The Council had a tougher time coming up with a name to avoid confusion with Shady Rest Park. Dutton’s suggestion, not necessarily the final name, was Muir Village. That did not go over well.
Council member Cleland Hoff thought people would be confused about the spelling, probably those folks who’ve never heard of the John Muir Trail or the John Muir Wilderness. Shields Richardson suggested “The Parcel.” Colin Fernie remarked the name was not a “hill to die on.” That turned into a name suggestion. Wentworth tried for “Community Parcel,” but Richardson’s simple approach won out.
The Council did agree any final name would involve community input.

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11 Responses to Mammoth Town Council takes initial steps on … Shady Rest

  1. Darlene May 10, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    Did anyone on the council mention the additional burden placed on the Mammoth water supply along with sewage waste? Have been to Mammoth during prime tourist season and the smell from the sewage plant is overwhelming as one enters town. Seems to be more important issues than having the council worry about an appropriate name for the complex.

    • sugarmags May 12, 2018 at 7:08 am #

      I’ve never smelled a sewage smell ever… Has anybody else? And if we are that short of water, then we need to stop all outdoor watering, golf courses included. Homes in Mammoth don’t have yards… Simply using water for personal use isn’t that great, compared to outdoor uses.
      Like it it not, our community needs housing!

      • Darlene May 13, 2018 at 6:22 am #

        Each person per household uses 80-100 gallons per day. You do the math on 172 planned units.

    • Hans May 15, 2018 at 10:02 am #

      Our sewage system handles 25,000 visitors plus 8,000 residents, but another 172 apartments is going to be a problem? Maybe you should ask MCWD what they think.

  2. sierragrl May 10, 2018 at 8:58 am #

    Can someone refresh my memory as to what the Town paid for this parcel? And, how is obtaining a parcel that was zoned for affordable housing ONLY, taking it out of private hands, going to accelerate development? The Town is going to enter into a development deal with a developer? Who will own the lots and the houses while they get built and eventually sold to individuals?

    The USFS sold this parcel to Bobby Tanner for a low $ amount, due to the fact that it was zoned for affordable housing. Tanner immediately sold it to a developer for MILLIONS. The new owner claimed that they couldn’t make money if they could only build affordable housing…and the Town blinked! The owner caused their own problem by overpaying for the property, and the Town exacerbated the issue by going along with the developer. Had they stuck to their guns and said, sorry, no, its for affordable housing only, no-one would’ve paid that much and the parcel would have been developed with affordable housing years ago. Then the Town got greedy and wanted to make a deal with the owner, IF, they would give a portion of the land to the Town for a town govt. center.

    The Town created this problem that they are now trying to solve by getting this parcel developed by government action. I don’t see this going smoothly.

    Lastly – please don’t build ‘ghetto’ housing. By that I mean, packed in condos with no parking!! How about duet homes…with garages and small yards that local families can buy and live in! We don’t want a repeat of what ML Housing has built (no offense, they had good intentions).

    And how about permanent, irrevocable CCRs that don’t allow nightly or monthly rentals….owner occupancy only!!! That will help keep the prices down.

  3. InYoFace May 9, 2018 at 7:57 pm #

    Diaper Forest

    • David Dennison May 10, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

      How about Shady Diapers…

      • InYoFace May 11, 2018 at 8:46 am #

        You win!

  4. Tinner May 9, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

    East Ghetto
    New Ghetto
    New Jamaica
    We better get a 24/7 MLPD presence, don’t think for a second we won’t need it, we need it now.

  5. Jay May 9, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

    Getto central

  6. Charles O. Jones May 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    Shady Acres


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