Council paving way for future parking needs |

Council paving way for future parking needs

Plans to protect future paid parking at Heavenly’s Grand Summit Resort Hotel are in the works.

The parking facility at the Grand Summit is not scheduled for completion until the end of 2002. But parking arrangements at the Crescent V Shopping Center to protect paid parking at the planned 520 car garage are already being made. The garage would provide parking for components of the Grand Summit such as the cinemas, retail shopping, the gondola, and overflow parking for the hotel.

According to a parking plan agreed to Tuesday night by the South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency and Terry Hackett, leaseholder of the Crescent V, free parking at the Crescent V will be limited to two hours. Drivers will be charged for longer visits, unless validated by store owners in the center.

But the owners of Raley’s, the Sacramento-based national grocery store chain, fear profit losses due to potential inconveniences for shoppers, and have threatened legal action.

“It would discourage the customer base in a very competitive business,” said Larry Hoffman, attorney for Raley’s.

On Saturdays between July and Thanksgiving the Crescent V had between 248 and 420 available parking spaces, Hackett said, according to parking studies.

But Raley’s argues that its lease allows them to control such decisions.

“Raley’s lease gives control to approve any parking plan in order to ensure parking is protectable for Raley’s,” Hoffman said.

The city has attempted to negotiate with Raley’s for an agreeable plan. But City Attorney Catherine DiCamillo said negotiations have been unsuccessful because Raley’s is unwilling to admit that there is even one extra parking space.

If Hackett and Raley’s are unable to come up with an agreement, the redevelopment agency may pursue an action of eminent domain to remove Raley’s from the shopping center, a process that would take 90 days and could start in April, said Redevelopment Manager Jaye Von Klug. Both sides, however, have expressed a desire to settle disagreements at the negotiating table.

“I’m still optimistic that we will not have to proceed with eminent domain,” Von Klug said.

Finalized agreements should be completed by June 1, she added.

A controlled parking arrangement at the Crescent V would be enforced with security guards and parking gates, which are expected to cost the city $80,000 to $100,000.

Hackett plans to spend $8 to $10 million to add 40,000 square feet of commercial space as part of redevelopment. But Hoffman argues that, according to parking studies, the proposed addition would require 200 additional parking spaces, a concept that displeases Raley’s.

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