City Council to consider buying Tribune building
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The South Lake Tahoe City Council will discuss on Tuesday buying the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s building.
“It is in the center of town, it is on the main street and it’s near lakeview commons,” said Councilman Jerry Birdwell, who requested the item be put on the agenda. “I wanted to see if the City Council had any desire to the discuss the matter.”
The Tribune’s 3079 Harrison Ave. building was listed for $1.875 million on June 16.
“We are not for sale as a business,” said General Manager Kimberly Kuntz. “Our building is too big for the staff that we have. We look forward to finding a new location in South Lake Tahoe,”
The newspaper building was originally built to house offices for the Tribune’s editorial, sales, production, circulation, press and mailroom departments, Kuntz said. At one point, it was the central printing facility for all of Swift Communication’s newspapers in the area, she added.
The city has money set aside in a city hall fund for the purpose of buying a building, Birdwell said.
About $1.1 million in city funds had previously been earmarked for the development of a $27 million joint facility that would have housed offices for the city, Lake Tahoe Unified School District and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, City Manager David Jinkens wrote in an email. A joint facility would have needed to be 64,045 square feet, and the city would have occupied 25,274 square feet, Jinkens wrote.
However, these funds were reallocated in last year’s budget by the city council for repaving city streets when it became apparent that the city could in no way finance the construction of this joint facility, Jinkens wrote.
The city has no other funds available for this purpose, Jinkens added. However, consolidating all City offices and facilities into one site has been a long-term goal. When the City moved City offices from the former TATA Lane site to the airport, City government saved approximately $14,000 per month in rent, according to Jinkens.
Councilman Bill Crawford said he is in favor of the city having a home outside of the airport.
“I’ve been an advocate forever that the city needs a home, a city hall, in what I consider the heart of the community – where Bijou and Al Tahoe come together,” Crawford said. “The Tribune building is a place that fits that description.
The City Council meets starting at 9 a.m. at the Lake Tahoe Airport located at 1901 Airport Road in South Lake Tahoe.
To view a complete meeting agenda, visit http://www.cityofslt.us.
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