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Construction Underway For Real Housing In Tusayan, And It Won't Take Years

March 10, 2014

It represents a stark transition and contrast from the Stilo trailer homes at Camper Village.

Ground was broken Friday March 7th at Fireside Ridge at the site of the old Canyon Pines Mobile Home Park on Long Jim Loop in Tusayan.

The project will have 21 dorm units and eight townhomes. It will take about 180 days to build and it should be ready in early September.

The project, on 1.5 acres, represents continued efforts to bring more housing to Tusayan from longtime residents. The housing will accommodate employees at Red Feather Lodge.

Ann Wren, operator of the Canyon Plaza Hotel, built new apartments several years ago to much success.

Fireside ridge will be made of permanent structures in a fully landscaped setting, in stark contrast to the many trailer homes currently in Tusayan.

Red Feather Lodge General manager Julie Aldaz said, “"We are so excited to be improving housing for our employees, their families and for the community of Tusayan."

The efforts from Red Feather and The Canyon Plaza represent proof that the private sector can provide quality housing without strong-arming the Tusayan Town Council.

No special privileges or deals were sought by Red Feather to build the project.

Fireside Ridge replaces a series of tarilers that were being used by employer Elling Halvorson, who is a business partner for Stilo.

Pictured from left to right at the groundbreaking are architect Michael Taylor, Red Feather part owner Chris Thurston, Straightline Construction President Pete Muscarella, Red Feather General Manager Julie Aldaz, and Red Feather part owner Clarinda Vail.