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Proposed Edgewood hotel moves forward

Adam Jensen

Jonah M. Kessel / Tahoe Daily Tribune

A proposed new hotel at Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course could lead to the demolition of the Horizon Casino Resort, according to preliminary plans received by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The owner of both properties, Park Cattle Company, envisions the construction of a 15,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, 10,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space, a 4,500-square-foot restaurant, a parking structure, 130 fractionally owned residences, 50 hotel rooms and 25 lock-off units at the South Shore golf course, according to the plans.

Fractionally owned residences essentially are high-end timeshares where an owner receives a deed for a portion of a property. Lock-off units are accommodations that have multiple configurations to house different-sized groups.

Park Cattle Company and Horizon representatives could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

The 226-acre development would be spread across seven new buildings situated southeast of the golf course’s existing clubhouse – primarily between the eighth and ninth holes, according to the plans.

In order to build the project, Tourist Accommodation Units likely will need to come from several sources, according to a TRPA project application. Tourist Accommodation Units are the rights to build hotel rooms or other tourist accommodations under TRPA regulations.

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Sixty-three TAUs will be transferred from the Tahoe Beach and Ski Club in South Lake Tahoe, and 26 TAUs will be transferred from the Chateau at Heavenly Village project, according to the project application.

The remainder of the TAUs could be garnered through a possible demolition of the Horizon hotel.

“Park Cattle Company, owner of the Horizon Casino Resort structures and underlying land, intends to demolish the existing structures and transfer 116 of the existing TAUs to Edgewood to satisfy the TAU requirement for the proposed hotel,” according to the TRPA application.

It also would be possible to combine rooms at the Horizon to free up some TAUs for the project, said TRPA spokesman Dennis Oliver.

The TRPA Governing Board previously has discussed the appropriateness of the current TAU transfer process because it doesn’t take into account any changes in size when a unit is transferred.

“It could be you’re getting a small hotel room coming back in its second life as a 3,000-square-foot house,” Oliver said.

Changes to the TAU transfer system are being considered under the Regional Plan update, and the TRPA Governing Board has discussed the effectiveness of the TAU transfer process during previous project approvals, according to Lyn Barnett, chief of the TRPA’s environmental review services branch.

“If history tells me right, we’ll probably get into this issue,” Barnett said.

Although the project still requires an environmental analysis, construction could begin as soon as spring 2010, with possible completion in 2012, according to the plans.

“It’s all very preliminary right now,” Barnett said.

The project has enough unknown environmental impacts that it will require a full Environmental Impact Statement, Barnett said.

Several options other than what’s presented in the preliminary application and plans are expected to be included in the statement, the development of which is expected to take about a year, Barnett said.

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