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Construction underway on Schweitzer’s employee housing project

| July 31, 2022 1:00 AM


PONDERAY — Foundations are being laid, both literally and physically, as Schweitzer’s new employee housing development takes shape in the city.

Thanks to Spokane-based Yost Gallagher Construction, Schweitzer officials said primary excavation work and concrete foundations have been poured, marking the beginning of a multi-phase project and furthering the Sandpoint resort's dedication to providing first-rate employee housing.

“Seeing this project come to life is an exciting moment for Schweitzer, for our employees, and for the Sandpoint area,” Scot Auld, director of human resources, said.“When finished, this will be a huge improvement for many of our employees and their families by creating access to quality housing in a great location – and at a more affordable cost. This is an investment in our people and our communities. I’m proud we have been able to make this happen.”

The first phase of the project will see 84 pet-friendly one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, featuring full kitchens, washers and dryers, and access to bike and ski storage.

The $22 million housing development, a partnership with Eastmark Capital Group, is located near the intersection of Schweitzer Plaza Drive and Triangle Drive in Ponderay and expected to be completed by summer 2023.

Schweitzer President and CEO Tom Chasse said he feels strongly about being able to offer dedicated staff and their families a place to call home.

“This new housing option is a huge win for our managers and frontline staff. They 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.”

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. The complex will be within walking distance to shopping, dining, and transportation services including the public shuttle to Schweitzer.

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(Photo courtesy SCHWEITZER)

An aerial view of construction of Schweitzer's employee housing project in Ponderay. Located near the intersection of Schweitzer Plaza Drive and Triangle Drive in Ponderay and expected to be completed by summer 2023.

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