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Business news: Workshop to focus on South Lake Tahoe Loop Road

Jack Barnwell
The South Shore Highway 50 South Shore Community Revitalization Project would propose turning the current route between Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe and Lake Parkway in Stateline, Nevada, into a community "main street." Highway 50 would be rerouted behind Heavenly Village and the casinos.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Lake Tahoe’s South Shore business community has set development and winter-season planning among its priorities. Goals include the development of a “warm room” for South Lake Tahoe’s homeless population and obtaining public input on the proposed U.S. Highway 50 realignment near Stateline.

Public workshop for Highway 50 Loop Road project

Tahoe Transportation District will hold a public workshop from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, to get input on the Highway 50 South Shore Community Revitalization Project (also known as Loop Road). The meeting will be held in Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel’s SS Emerald Room at 4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Three design alternatives propose rerouting a 1.1-mile section of Highway 50 from Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe to Lake Parkway in Stateline. A new, dedicated highway would go behind Heavenly Village, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa. A fourth design proposes a “sky bridge,” or pedestrian walkway, over the current route.

The current route would be reclassified as a local road and adopt a “main street” concept. This concept means local governments could improve pedestrian safety, reduce traffic flow and create public gathering spaces.

In the past, Tahoe Transportation District manager Carl Hasty has said, if the project becomes a reality, there will be local impacts. Those impacts include obtaining right of ways that would affect up to 72 buildings, requiring local businesses and residents to relocate. He added that the benefits would include future development.

In addition to the Dec. 1 meeting, the district will also make a presentation to the South Lake Tahoe City Council at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at Lake Tahoe Airport, 1901 Airport Road.

For more information on the Highway 50 South Shore Community Revitalization Project, visit Tahoe Transportation District also has a online “open house” and poll at

Tahoe Homeless Coalition working on ‘Warm Room’

A South Lake Tahoe nonprofit is slowly making progress on a “warm room” to help South Lake Tahoe’s homeless population during harsh winter nights. Through the “warm room,” the coalition would connect homeless individuals with much-needed resources like medical providers and assistance.

According to Marissa Muscat, executive director of Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, a few sites are being evaluated.

“It’s a slow process for us to set something up, but by December we hope to have something put together,” Muscat said.

The coalition initially approached the City of South Lake Tahoe in September to use the city’s recreation complex as a potential site. While the city council was sympathetic, it denied the request because the “warm room” idea was incompatible with the recreation complex’s purpose.

“The city didn’t think the complex was the right space for such a use,” Muscat said.

Despite the lack of a current “warm room” site, Muscat said the coalition is receiving a plenty of community support.

Barton Health recently donated $10,000 worth of items and funding to support the project once it comes online.

According to a letter thanking Barton Health, 647 employees and physicians raised $2,040 in funds and donated more than 3,000 items, including beanies, socks, gloves and food.

In addition to donations, the coalition is also looking for volunteers for the winter. Training sessions are scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Temple Bat Yam, 3260 Pioneer Trail, and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Unity at the Lake, 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd.

Volunteer training will focus on logistics, operations, conflict resolution and security.

For more information on the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, visit, call 775-573-0822 or email

European real estate service sets up shop in Zephyr Cove

Engel & Völkers, a Europe-based real estate company, expanded its North American operations by opening an office at 210 Elks Point Road in Zephyr Cove.

According to a news release, the company focuses on premium real estate and rentals.

The new office’s owners include Dougan Jones, Paul Benson, Mark Kelaidis and Scott Brackett. Its real estate team will be led by Sharla Chador, a Tahoe resident who joined Engel and Völkers from Sierra Sothbey’s International Realty.

“As a Tahoe resident, the opportunity to further introduce the area’s unique real estate offerings to a global audience was what drew me to Engel & Völkers Lake Tahoe,” Chador said in the news release. “With its renowned level of service and true global network, Engel & Völkers provides the support system necessary to best serve the increasingly international network of premier buyers and sellers drawn to the area.”

The Lake Tahoe office plans to set up a second shop in Truckee in early 2016.

For more information on Engel and Völkers Lake Tahoe, visit

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