Commission OKs further development in the Ski Run and Park Avenue areas |

Commission OKs further development in the Ski Run and Park Avenue areas

Several changes were made at the South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission meeting Wednesday night that could allow for further development in the Ski Run and Park Avenue areas.

The changes, however, are subject to City Council and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approval.

But what has begun is important to downtown redevelopment.

The commission also approved real estate offices in the redevelopment area to sell time shares in the proposed Marriott weekly-time share hotel and Heavenly’s quarter-share Grand Summit Resort Hotel.

Also approved in the the Park Avenue Redevelopment Area were retail stores and an emergency medical facility in the area of the proposed outdoor ice rink next to the Grand Summit.

Gersick Enterprises Inc., the owner of the shopping center at Ski Run Boulevard is considering a remodel on the property. The proposed zoning change would allow for a public plaza at the two corners of Ski Run Boulevard and U.S. Highway 50.

The commission approved merging two parcels of land on the corner of Ski Run Boulevard and Paradise Avenue, which would put both of them within the Stateline/Ski Run Community plan and allow for the owners to build a professional building on the property, which was previously zoned as residential.

“This is fixing a mistake in the community plan,” said Lisa O’Daly, associate city planner.

Vice-chairman Michael Phillips said he did not agree with the zoning change because it could effect residential property values.

An affordable housing project could be brewing near the fire department on Ski Run Boulevard and U.S. Highway 50.

“There are some people that want to out price the market and make it so people can’t work and live here,” said Chair Patrick Frega.

Heavenly Valley Apartments, which is not affiliated with the resort, is proposing the project, but is still looking for direction from the planning committee. The committee will continue its public hearing at the February meeting.

The commission would need to approve consolidating two properties that total about 5.5 acres.

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