April 5, 2006
Wintergreen Resort is the largest employer in Nelson County, and now a new construction project will make sure those employees will have a place to live.
During the winter season Wintergreen Resort hires 750 additional employees.
"With such a high seasonal volume here, it's a challenge every winter trying to find the space to put everybody," said Jeff Duncan, the Vice President of Human Resources.
This new project should ease some of that demand. Just a few days ago Wintergreen broke ground. Brand new apartments, they call Blue Ridge Housing, are currently in the works. It will house about 100 part-time employees.
"They'll be in walking distance from the main resort so they can park their cars for the entire time that they're here and walk to work each day," said Duncan.
Duncan said the apartments will be like a dorm, fully furnished with a living room and dining area. The staff will pay rent by the week that includes utilities.
Since spaces are limited, the new apartments will go on a first come first serve basis. Other employees will have to pay a little more to rent from nearby homes and condos.
"This is the beginning of a number of expansions that we're doing here at the resort," said Sarah Lovejoy, Wintergreen Resort Communications Manager.
Wintergreen is in the process of adding a new hotel to help with year round sales. That means more employee apartments could be popping up in the near future.
The Blue Ridge Housing is expected to be finished in December.