City may take Paradise Avenue and put up a parking lot
Council members will learn Tuesday their backup plan for parking at the Ski Run Marina won’t work and will be asked to devise another one.
Tuesday Redevelopment Manager Jaye Von Klug will propose the city acquire three Paradise Avenue properties next to the former Blue Lake Motel to increase the parking there.
Parking is needed for the newly developed Ski Run Marina Village which contains several shops, the Riva Grill and the launching area for the Tahoe Queen paddlewheeler.
The original plan called for the village to rely on public transportation in the form of the Coordinated Transit System.
However the CTS, like most other projects in the Tahoe Basin, has fallen victim to delay. The current timetable calls for the system to be operational in about a year.
When it is functional, the system will use Global Positioning Satellites to provide both fixed route and on-demand bus service within minutes to and from anywhere on South Shore.
“The CTS is not yet on-line. Once it is in use, there will be an adjustment period before it can be substituted for automobile use,” Von Klug said. “In the meantime, there is a shortage of parking for the marina village and for the public beach area at the end of Ski Run.”
The backup plan would see a multi-level parking structure to be built at the Blue Lakes site, which has been paved over for temporary parking. The plan could accommodate up to a three-level parking structure with more than 100 spaces. City officials planned to charge patrons to use the parking structure with revenues going toward the costs of construction.
A recent study told city officials that even with three levels, the parking structure would not hold 100 spaces. The total cost for the structure was estimated at $1 million, or $13,000 per parking space.
“Generally, a garage that costs in excess of $10,000 per space is considered to be financially infeasible,” Von Klug said.
So the backup’s backup plan would require the city to purchase the three properties near the former Blue Lakes on Paradise, demolish them and pave over their lots with more parking spaces.
Von Klug said this proposal would give the city enough land for 100 parking spaces. Acquisition of the three properties is estimated at $630,000.
Von Klug said the acquisition of the properties might require the use of eminent domain, a concept which all three newly elected council members said they do not like in a candidate interviews conducted by the Tahoe Daily Tribune last November. Von Klug also said the purchase of the properties would plunge the city further into debt.
Who: South Lake Tahoe City Council
When: Tuesday, 6 p.m. (Redevelopment Agency meets at 4 p.m., commission appointments at 3 p.m.)
Where: Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
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