Council pushes Ski Run face-lift |

Council pushes Ski Run face-lift

Ski Run Boulevard business owners are getting a fresh incentive from the city to create an esthetically pleasing and lucrative community.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council opted Tuesday to redistribute 7,000 square feet of commercial floor area among Ski Run Boulevard business owners.

The commercial space was originally offered to the strip mall owner on the southeast corner of Ski Run Boulevard and U.S. Highway 50 to encourage remodeling and beautification.

“It was incentive – from the city to the property owner – to redesign that area to fit with the community plan,” said Gary Marchio, principal planner for the city. “But he did not proceed with any remodeling or improvements. The bottom line was we had this square footage and nothing was happening with it.”

As a result, the City Council voted to amend the Stateline/Ski Run Community Plan to include the redistribution of the 7,000 square feet to property owners along the Ski Run corridor. Business owners will be eligible for the commercial space on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limitation of up to 2,000 square feet per parcel, and the stipulation that usage must comply with community plan design standards.

The City Council also agreed to another change in the community plan which, once it is finalized, will release an additional 8,000 square feet of commercial space to Ski Run property owners who invest in infrastructure improvements.

“When the Stateline/Ski Run community plan was developed there was concern about avoiding strip commercial areas,” Marchio said. “So to avoid that, the plan included a concentration of retail stores and restaurants around Tamarack, creating a small village, or node with no other major commercial areas allowed outside of that.”

According to the original plan, property owners in the Ski Run Village would get the 8,000 square feet of commercial space – pending the creation of a business assessment district. They were unsuccessful in forming the assessment district and so never received the additional commercial footage.

However, the City Council decided Tuesday that property owners who invest in a curb/gutter/sidewalk project will now be eligible again to apply for the 8,000 feet of commercial space.

The final design for the curb/gutter/sidewalk project has yet to be determined but some business owners are more than ready for the improvements.

“The whole block needs a face-lift to get in line with the community plan,” said Tom D’Louhy, who owns the property between Larch and Birch streets. “We’re planning on remodeling our building, and in the future will develop our property for three or four more tenants.”

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