City forms committee to look at Tribune building |

City forms committee to look at Tribune building

Annie Flanzraich

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A subcommittee will look at the pros and cons of the City of South Lake Tahoe buying the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s building, the city council decided unanimously Tuesday.

“The city should attempt to move to the Tribune building if the price is right in the long run,” said Councilman Bill Crawford, who volunteered to be on the committee.

Councilmembers Bruce Grego and Jerry Birdwell will be on the committee.

The committee is set to report back to the council at its next meeting Aug. 19.

The Tribune’s 3079 Harrison Ave. building was listed for $1.875 million on June 16. The building is about 10,000 square feet including office and warehouse space.

“We are not for sale as a business,” said Tribune 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.”

Councilman Jerry Birdwell said moving the city offices out of the Lake Tahoe Airport is a good idea in light of the approaching end of a legal settlement that that established strict noise and access restrictions at the airport.

Once the settlement is over in 2012 a commercial carrier could come into the airport, said City Manager David Jinkens. A commercial carrier would have first dibs on any space, he added.

The city currently pays about $278,000 a year in rent.

About $1.1 million in city funds was 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, 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, those funds were reallocated in last year by the city council for repaving city streets, Jinkens wrote.

The city has no other funds available for this purpose, Jinkens added.

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