GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) — Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts broke ground on a new dormitory Tuesday morning.
The new dorm will replace Hughes Hall and Wildwing which were destroyed in the Gatlinburg wildfire.
The dorm will be four stories, have a screen porch and gathering place, 42 private room with private baths, a kitchen and elevator.
“When a tragedy like this happens, it is a horrific thing for this community, but now is the time to use this as a spring board to move into the future,” said Executive Director Bill May.
Arrowmont says there will be a new entrance will be on Baskins Creek Bypass. The current entrance on Parkway will be closed to pedestrian and commercial traffic.
Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said the construction is an important part of the rebuilding process.
“Arrowmont is a jewel, not just of Gatlinburg, but all of Sevier County and the nation,” said Waters. “This is an example of this community rebuilding and putting their life back together after the devastating fires.”
The project is estimated to cost about $4 million, including donations and help through insurance following the fire. Leaders say the goal is to have the project complete in early Summer of 2018.