Thirty-five years after its founding, the private resort in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania is expanding its vision with a large-scale associate housing project named Wisteria at Nemacolin. The resort is led by Maggie Hardy Knox, who serves as president of Nemacolin and of 84 Lumber. “We are investing in developing housing and community amenities that meet the needs of our associates and the surrounding community,” says Trey Matheu, Managing Director of Nemacolin.
Nemacolin, the award-winning private resort located in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, announces the introduction of a new associate housing community named Wisteria at Nemacolin.
The 2,200-acre property, which has been realized as the ultimate, year-round playground for adults and children of all ages, was conceived by Joseph A. Hardy III in 1987. Thirty-five years after its founding, Nemacolin is expanding its vision with this large-scale associate housing project. Today, the resort is led by Maggie Hardy Knox, who serves as president of Nemacolin and of 84 Lumber.
“Being a good neighbor in the place where it all began over 35 years ago — in the Laurel Highlands — is important to us. Across the region, one issue that stands out as urgent and complex is housing,” says Trey Matheu, Managing Director of Nemacolin. “The lack of new housing options and the rising cost of living in the area has resulted in a severe shortage of affordable housing. We are investing in developing housing and community amenities that meet the needs of our associates and the surrounding community.”
The Wisteria at Nemacolin development, nestled within the expansive property, is dedicated to attracting and retaining the best and brightest global talent in the hospitality industry. Applications for housing will be available to all full-time associates upon hiring, with affordable rates that can be directly deducted from associates’ paychecks and that will be lower or comparable to the surrounding market.
The first collection of associate housing will consist of 33 two- and three-bedroom homes and cottages, with availability beginning in November. Duplex units will be 1,260 square feet of living space, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a fireplace. The cottages come in three models: the Iris, Poppy, and Clover. The Iris will have 2,774 square feet, three bedrooms, three and one-half bathrooms, and an office or study; Clover unit will be 1,686 square feet, three bedrooms, two and one-half bathrooms; Poppy unit will have 1,480 square feet, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms.
In addition to housing, the new community will include shuttle service to and from the main property, a private fitness center and pub available exclusively to associates, and The Market — a grocer open to Wisteria residents and the general public. The Market will offer shoppers access to locally sourced produce, fresh meat and fish, and other ingredients currently inconvenient to obtain in the immediate area — a priority concern that Nemacolin’s team plans to rectify.
“The nearest grocery store is about 14 miles from the resort, making the drive about 40 minutes round trip,” says Candace Hassinger, director of associate living at Nemacolin. “Having a market on-site will allow associates, guests, and local residents to have a supplemental grocer in the area offering a wider variety of fresh and nutritious food.”
Hassinger added, “Across all of this, the goal is to help our associates, guests, and community get the most out of our property. We are dedicated to attracting and retaining top talent by creating a better work-life balance by providing housing near work, transportation options, access to a fitness center, and close proximity to a market. These investments will develop a stronger and happier workforce, in turn, creating a more enjoyable experience for our members and guests.”