Money approved to help Gatlinburg arts school

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Sevier County Commission voted unanimously, 23-0, to approve a resolution to give money to a Gatlinburg arts school.

Arrowmont School For the Arts has to raise $8 million to stay at the current location on the Parkway in Gatlinburg. The school has reached a deal to buy the location by March from Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women.

The county commissions agreement would give approximately 3.22 acres to Sevier County. That is property that Pi Beta Phi school currently uses and is leasing.

County spokesperson Perrin Anderson says part of a resolution to give the property back to Pi Beta Phi fraternity should the school leave has been taken out. He said the county will own the property without restriction. This will equal approximately 6.22 acres of land that the county will own, fee simple, without restrictions.

The school still needs to raise about $800,000 to complete the purchase.

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