Schweitzer Announces New Employee Housing Project

Schweitzer Announces New Employee Housing Project

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Schweitzer Announces New Employee Housing Project

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Schweitzer, ID is hopping on the train of resorts beginning new employee housing projects this year. They join the likes of Winter Park, Sugarloaf, Park City, and Jackson Hole.

The new project will be built in Ponderay, ID. It will house up to 84 employees, and is expected to be completed by Summer 2023.

I would love to see more housing initiatives like this from resorts across the country. It’s become impossible to work at a ski resort and live there without assisted housing programs from the resorts.

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Here’s the full press release from Schweitzer:

Schweitzer Announces New Employee Housing Project in Ponderay

84 Units to Accommodate Employees and their Families

Sandpoint, ID (May 3, 2022) Schweitzer has partnered with Eastmark Capital Group, a real-estate development company, to create an 84-unit apartment complex, providing much needed housing for Schweitzer’s employees. The complex will be located near the intersection of Schweitzer Plaza Drive and Triangle Drive in Ponderay, walking distance to shopping, dining, and transportation services including the public shuttle to Schweitzer.

Phase one of the new neighborhood will consist of three, three-story buildings on approximately three acres with a central courtyard. Each building will offer pet friendly one, two, and three bedroom units and feature efficient, flexible designs with modern amenities including washers and dryers as well as bike and ski storage. These apartments are well-suited to individuals or employees with families who would otherwise be challenged to find reasonably priced accommodation in the area’s competitive housing market.

The $22 million housing development has already received approval from the City of Ponderay with construction beginning this spring. The full project is expected to be completed within 12 months, with employees occupying units as soon as the summer of 2023.

“Employee housing has been a focus of ours for several years,” said Schweitzer President & CEO, Tom Chasse. “Being able to offer our dedicated staff and their families a place to call home, is a huge win for them and for us. Our managers and frontline staff are the people who make Schweitzer, Schweitzer and being able to help them continue living in the heart of our community is extremely important to all of us.”

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Beyond the first phase of apartments, future plans for the site include additional housing units, covered picnic areas, outdoor play areas, walking paths, workout facilities, and a full-service daycare facility aimed at serving Schweitzer employees with young children in need of affordable childcare.

This is Schweitzer’s second project directly related to employee housing. In the summer of 2020, the resort acquired and renovated a former assisted living facility in Sandpoint, creating dormitory style housing for 16 seasonal and full-time employees this past year.

For more information about Schweitzer’s employee housing development in Ponderay, please contact Schweitzer’s Human Resources Director, Scot Auld via email at sauld@schweitzer.com or by calling 208.263.9555.

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