‘Band-Aid’ solution for Ski Run parking | TahoeDailyTribune.com

‘Band-Aid’ solution for Ski Run parking

The South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency Tuesday approved a parking agreement that will allow Ski Run Marina to lease the Blue Lakes parking lot during the summer for the next two years.

Ski Run owner Michael Phillips’ first proposal was denied last month by the Redevelopment Agency, which decided to bill the marina more than the $1 fee it charged the last two years. The annual fee will be $2,000, which agency members feel is more representative of the parking lot’s value.

Agency member Bill Crawford had concerns about the agreement.

“This is the third or fourth time this has come before us,” he said. “I think it is reasonable the parties work together, but I don’t think it should be open-ended.”

City Attorney Catherine DiCamillo said the agreement does not bind the agency to any obligations with Ski Run Marina when the lease expires.

“This is a Band-Aid fix until we can get a permanent fix,” said agency member Tom Davis.

Agency members are hoping two years will be adequate time to come up with a long-term plan for the parking lot.

But for Hornblower Cruises, which hopes to start a lake shuttle service, the parking provided by the Blue Lake lot could prove vital when its permit is up for review by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board. A hearing date has not been set.

Hornblower wants to start a service called the Lake Link Meteor, which would take passengers to three different locations around the lake using a 72-passenger, 120-foot boat. The exact docking locations of the shuttle service are still under negotiation.

Part of the permit with TRPA would require a certain amount of paid parking that the Blue Lakes parking lot would help provide, according to a parking study paid for by Ski Run Marina.

The Blue Lakes lot, for which the agency paid six figures in 1996, was a motel site the Redevelopment Agency took by eminent domain. The property was taken to provide additional parking. The hotel was torn down so the room allocations could be transferred to the Embassy Vacation Resort, a time-share project on the corner of Ski Run Boulevard and U.S. Highway 50. The project was never fully completed.

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