Bike trail project on progressive path |

Bike trail project on progressive path

Michael Schneider

While it still needs agency board and property owner approval, the Linear Park Bike Trail Project moved closer to fruition Wednesday.

The South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission recommended the city’s Redevelopment Agency purchase all of a road-front parcel in Tahoe Meadows, paving the way for agency approval.

The previous plan was to purchase only part of the parcel which fronts U.S. Highway 50’s north side along the Tahoe Meadows Subdivision between the state line and Ski Run areas.

Jaye Von Klug, the city’s redevelopment manager, said the property owner wanted to sell the entire parcel. She said its location made it one of the least sought-after pieces of property in the subdivision.

The new plan will not affect environmental impacts on the area, which have already been declared negative regarding the partial parcel purchase.

In fact, Von Klug said the improvements to curbs and gutters along the highway will help prevent flooding in the meadows.

The Redevelopment Agency has planned a linear park and bike trail through the property.

Long considered an eyesore by the city, the barbed wire fence which separates the highway from the subdivision will be torn down.

Von Klug said the Tahoe Meadows property owners will not oppose the project as long as there are no active uses, such as picnic tables and playgrounds, incorporated into the park.

The plans for the park only include a rest area with benches and a plaque honoring the historical significance of the subdivision, according to Von Klug.

Tahoe Meadows was the first subdivision in the country to incorporate open space into its plan.

Its original houses are listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

City Principal Planner Gary Marchio said there is a cabin located on the parcel which the Redevelopment Agency plans to purchase. However, Marchio said it is not part of the original subdivision.

“There’s no reason to keep it,” Von Klug said, outlining the plans to tear the cabin down as part of the project. “It’s not significant to the character of the subdivision.”

Von Klug said the city will also consider putting a traditional Washoe sculpture in the park.

Chuck Taylor, associate civil engineer, said advertising for bids for the project should begin in June.

The project must first gain approval from the Redevelopment Agency, which consists of the City Council, as well as approval from the property owner who has not yet agreed to the sale, according to Von Klug. She said, due to the lack of an agreement on the sale, there has been no sale price cemented.

Von Klug said she expects to hear from the property owner within a couple days.

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