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Ambitious goals for senior complex

by Greg Risling

A developer who wants to renovate a building in Meyers to create a senior citizens’ complex may have his wish granted within 30 days.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is working with Oregon businessman Paul Arnett on the rehabilitation of the old Meyers Hotel. The building, situated behind businesses in Yank’s Station, was last used by the California Conservation Corps.

Construction crews are remodeling bathrooms to make them handicapped-accessible. Without the required permits from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and El Dorado County, Arnett knows he is taking a risk.

“There is a chance that this project could be turned down,” Arnett said with a bit of skepticism. “But we are feeling very confident that both agencies will approve this. It’s needed in this area.”

The $3 million plan calls for an assisted-living center for the elderly. There will be 45 studio and one-bedroom apartments, and Arnett would like to connect the two free-standing buildings.

Seniors would be able to receive three meals a day and help from on-call nurses. The assisted living fee would be $2,400 per month.

The building has been empty for many years. The structure will retain its many windows but the color and exterior will be improved.

The project also must conform to the Meyers Community Plan. Sue Yang, chairman of the Meyers Roundtable, said Arnett’s presentation last fall was supported by the community’s board.

“It absolutely received positive support and he is abiding by our guidelines,” she said. “It’s an excellent use for that property and Mr. Arnett has been very cooperative with us.”

According to a 1997 market study, there isn’t much senior housing here. There are about 1,400 senior units by the lake, but the study said there is a need for 131 low-income apartments.

Arnett’s center will serve more affluent seniors, but he says he is trying to obtain an allotment of affordable units from the state.

Arnett hopes to have his permits in June and then start the exterior renovation in July.

“I think Meyers will be pleased with the results,” Arnett said.

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