City picks demolition company |

City picks demolition company

Michael Schneider

Three South Lake Tahoe motels will be torn down to make way for a parking lot by the Ski Run Marina and other amenities.

The Serra Lodge and the Jack Pot Inn, located near the Pioneer Trail/U.S. Highway 50 intersection, will both be demolished following the Labor Day Holiday. The Blue Lakes Motel, two blocks from the highway on Ski Run Boulevard, will come down after the other two are demolished.

The city purchased the three properties last spring so they could be demolished and replaced with parking areas, forest land or more rustic, mountain-style buildings.

The city’s Redevelopment Agency approved a plan last spring to relocate the tenants living in the three motels on a permanent basis.

Jaye Von Klug, redevelopment manager, said there is still one person living in the Jack Pot. That person is scheduled to leave the motel Sept. 1.

Kemen & Son Engineering submitted the winning bid for demolition. The city will pay the firm $111,000 to remove the three buildings, parking areas, pools, walkways, fences and waste materials.

Kemen’s bid was more than $30,000 cheaper than the next lowest bid.

The total cost for the city to remove the buildings is $203,000, including inspection and consulting fees. This doesn’t include the $100,000 used to relocate the permanent tenants nor the original millions of dollars needed to acquire the properties.

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