Posts Tagged ‘Mystery developer’

via WBIR.com | Knoxville, TN | Development plans on Arrowmont site now on hold.


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Now that Townsend’s campaign for Arrowmont’s relocation has intensified, the Gatlinburg government folks want to preserve its history in town. Nonetheless, as David Willard stated, the Pi Phis could still sell the land at any moment. While somewhat good news, it’s no time to relax. Emily Tarr still has the land sale $$ in her sites. (more…)

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Statement from David Willard, Director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Arrowmont Board of Governors in Response to the August 30 Knoxville News-Sentinel Article

September 2, 2008

For Immediate Release:
On Saturday, August 30, 2008 it was made public that Lee and Lori Reagan,
along with Allen Cox, met with Josh Flory of the Knoxville News-Sentinel,
to discuss in more detail the plans for the property that Arrowmont leases and the surrounding acreage.

In the front page article written by Flory, the Reagans revealed that
“Arrowmont is in [the] initial plans of [the] site’s development group.”

David Willard, Director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the
Board of Governors have not been given the opportunity to view, discuss or
respond to the plans mentioned. In the article, it is stated that Wendy
Drochelman, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity’s director of marketing and
communications, says that “discussions would be between Arrowmont and the
development group” regarding the “spot for the school” after the sale is
completed; however, to date, the information has only been shared with Pi
Beta Phi Fraternity leadership and not with Arrowmont or the Board of

In response to the Knoxville News-Sentinel article, David Willard says
he is encouraged to hear that the Reagans are concerned about the future
of Arrowmont.  Mr. Willard and the Board of Governors welcome the
opportunity to discuss their plans. Arrowmont’s Board of Governors planning
committees are exploring several options for the future of the school.

We are overwhelmed with the tremendous show of support and confidence from the
community and our constituents and will continue to keep you informed about
Arrowmont’s plans.

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Arrowmont is in initial plans of site’s development group

A group of Gatlinburg residents is hoping to build a giant entertainment complex along the Parkway and said Friday that the project – which has sparked intense speculation in recent days – could include a spot for the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. (more…)

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The Mountain Press today had a frontpage article (online version shorter than the paper) and an Editorial about the $500 million development project, which includes the Arrowmont property. Others are talking about it as well. Also see this article on Gatlinburg’s future.

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