Condemned building overhauled |

Condemned building overhauled

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Lloyd Bretthauer, right, who is overseeing the renovation of the Tahoe Forest apartments, points out the new tile work to city inspector Bill Potts and county health department worker Jean Beemer.

With the look of a construction crew army, an evolution of apartment buildings can be seen on the other side of the condemned Bart’s Tahoe apartment building.

The former Heavenly Valley Apartments is now named the Tahoe Forest Apartments, but the complex shows much more work than the sign.

Lloyd Bretthauer, who has been overseeing the renovation for a year, said at least $500,000 has been spent to get the building up to par.

He’s estimated the project will take another full year to complete.

The apartments have been in disarray in a situation similar to that at Bart’s Tahoe, which was deemed uninhabitable last Thursday. The Tahoe Forest Apartments LLC took ownership over RTO Partners and gutted the entire building located on Ski Run Boulevard.

“The worst problem was figuring out everything that needs to be done,” Bretthauer said. “You’ve got to be willing to do this.”

New electrical, siding, plumbing, fixtures, tiles, balconies, carpet and paint are just a sampling of improvements Bretthauer rattled off for the work done on one side of the complex. He expects to rent the several units for between $750 and $825.

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