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Dollywood to construct housing for workers in partnership with Holtz Builders

Kelleigh Michanichou

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NASHVILLE, TN - Officials from Dollywood on Friday, Aug. 13, announced a collaboration with Holtz Builders, Inc. of Wisconsin to create a $20 million residence hall-style facility at the Pigeon Forge park, which would house more than 750 employees.

Under Holtz's International Residence Hall brand, the building will also serve as one of the company's accommodation sites. The four-story building is set to open in May 2022 and will provide a significant advantage to many people looking for work in Sevier County.

Students participating in the U.S. Summer Work Travel program, as well as students involved in U.S. college campus groups such as Campus Outreach, Navigators, and Young Life, are all eligible for residence in the new facility. Temporary seasonal hosts hired through several recruiting initiatives at Dollywood would also be among the residents.

Dollywood Vice President of Human Resources Tim Berry remarked, “We partnered with Holtz Builders, because they have proven successful at helping similar destinations create housing options to support the needs of their growing communities."

Holtz Builders has a solid record for forming alliances in resort towns to provide safe, efficient, and economical housing for seasonal employees. The company has built housing complexes in additional tourist locations in Wisconsin and Tennessee, as well as facilities in Maryland that will be completed shortly. Holtz was given the tract of land by Dollywood for the project. Holtz will build, operate, and manage the new property, which will provide an inexpensive housing option for eligible hosts.

Standard rooms have four beds, separate lockers, a private bathroom, a refrigerator, a desk, and a self-contained heating and air unit to accommodate four occupants. ADA accessible rooms accommodate two people and have the same facilities as normal accommodations.

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