Large-Scale Workforce Housing Solution for Branson, Missouri
BRANSON, MO – Repvblik LLC, a company that specializes in the adaptive reuse of hospitality and commercial real estate and its conversion into workforce housing, has purchased the former Days Inn in Branson. The property will be renamed “Plato’s Cave.”
The property currently consists of 423 hotel rooms across a sprawling lot and has been vacant for several years. It will be transformed into an amenity-rich residence that will house a large number of migrant workers spanning Puerto Rico, the J1 and H2B visa programs.
The first phase, to be complete and ready for the 2018 Summer intake, will house up to 900 workers. The room configurations will vary dependent on the needs of the workers. All rooms have bathrooms en suite and have access to cooking facilities, either in each room, or a large communal kitchen and dining area dependent on budget and length of stay.
Repvblik is working with a local architect firm, Treat Architects, that has assisted in several adaptive reuse projects in Branson. The architects will be interfacing with the City of Branson to obtain all the requisite approvals necessary to give rise to this most exciting and much-needed project.
The Taney Community Partnership is working closely with Repvblik to assist in all capacities to promote the initiative and is hopeful that this will go a long way in making an impression on what is a necessary workforce housing solution that is desperately required based on the cyclical nature of employment in the summer months in Branson.
There has already been a large uptake of rooms within the first phase of the project, where corporate employers and sponsors are contracting directly with Repvblik on a lease basis. Most leases are for a minimum of a 6-month stay and are starting at $80 per occupant per week. This makes the housing both affordable for the employers and sponsors, as well as the workers themselves.