Edgewood's proposed new lodge expansion may be in its early stages, but the plan deserves some open-minded consideration from the Tahoe community.
While the $100 million expansion may cater more toward the destination tourist, the benefits to those who live, work and play in Tahoe could be far-reaching.
One of the most obvious boons could be the 200 jobs created directly from the expansion - that's not including the jobs created during construction and planning. In a community with almost 15 percent unemployment, that alone should give it some credence.
Add in the possible environmental, social and economic benefits this project could bring, and the picture gets a little rosier.
Yes, this project still has many hoops to jump through before a golden shovel ever breaks the ground - including environmental studies and multiple governmental approvals. Each of those hoops will expose more details about the proposal so that our elected officials and the public can develop educated opinions and and make smart decisions.
But before a single study is done, it's easy to see how this project is the right direction for Tahoe. Projects that improve the existing built environment, help lake clarity and get our locals back to work are exactly what Tahoe needs for a better future.