Apartment complex for disabled could be open by spring
A $7.2 million, 18-unit apartment complex for the disabled is under construction and could be open by next summer.
The complex at 750 Emerald Bay Road was spearheaded by David Kelly, president of the Tahoe Area Coordinating Council for the Disabled. His dream has been to see needs for the disabled and elderly are met within the South Tahoe community.
Four years ago Kelly found the property and had it annexed. After some concerns from neighbors, he was able to muster support from the South Lake Tahoe City Council and advocates for the disabled.
Kelly had the property rezoned to multifamily housing and went to the federal government and South Lake Tahoe for help.
“We’ve got people on the wait list. We think it is going to be great for the community,” Kelly said.
The facility is paid for through U.S. Housing and Urban Development. Money also came from a state grant channeled to South Lake Tahoe. The South Lake Tahoe City Council approved the plans and site last year. Ground was broken earlier this summer, and construction will continue until it is completed, Kelly said.
HUD looks toward April 1 for the official opening, but Kelly is hoping for much sooner.
Meanwhile, Kelly has his eyes set on another project, a second senior plaza on Herbert Avenue and Pioneer Trail. Kelly and others were responsible for getting the 45-unit Tahoe Senior Plaza built five years ago.
“It’s the next big project that I want to see through from start to finish,” said Kelly. “If all goes well we will break ground in May of next year.”