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With acute housing crunch, Tamarack looks to add hundreds of employee housing beds


Tamarack Resort could add over 500 beds for employee housing south of its main entrance on W. Mountain Rd. 

Rental availability has long been a problem in the McCall area. As BoiseDev reported in March, very few apartments or houses are available to rent in the greater McCall area. The shortage has prompted many employers to cut hours and services throughout the region.

The resort’s conceptual master plan lists three variations of employee housing: dormitories and family apartments constructed out of aluminum tubes and a ‘van life’ area.

Three new housing types

The van life area would be a camping ground with converted vans, restrooms, and showers and feature a total of 60 beds.

The dorm would be two stories with a total of 384 beds. Units would have a shared central bathroom and shared kitchen and living areas. The description notes that the dorms would be 104 square feet per person when fully occupied. 

Rendering of the employee housing. Courtesy of Tamarack Resort master plan.

The family apartment units would be a two-story quadplex with three-bedroom units, individual living and kitchen areas, and would be 300 square feet per person. The family apartments would include a total of 120 beds. The description notes it would aim to be for senior management and family.

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The master plan lists a set of pros and cons to this style of housing. On the plus side, the plan says it limits the use and foundations, includes efficient beds and space, and has outside-access bathrooms.

The downsides listed include the cost of exit stairs, a lot of staff in smaller living quarters, and shared rooms. 

Dorm parking would have 150 spaces, the family apartments would have 60, and the van-life area would have 60 spaces. 

Tamarack would join Brundage Mountain Resort and Shore Lodge with owned and operated employee housing in the Long Valley region.

Disclosure: Tamarack Resort is a BoiseDev advertiser. It had no role in the production or selection of this story.


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Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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