Council will pick a demolition team |

Council will pick a demolition team

Michael Schneider

Three South Lake Tahoe motels soon will be destroyed as the city’s Redevelopment Agency will likely award a contract for demolition Tuesday.

This past spring, the agency, which consists of the city council, voted to purchase the Blue Lakes Motel, the Serra Lodge, and Jack Pot Inn. Bill Von Klug, in charge of relocation for the city, said the motels were an eyesore.

In the place of the motels, a parking lot where the Blue Lakes sits will be built. The lot is intended to provide more parking space for the Ski Run area.

There is a possibility restaurants or other buildings, with a more rustic, mountain design, will adorn the Serra and Jack Pot sites.

Thirty-nine residents were found to live permanently in the motels. The city has a relocation program to assist them.

Kemen & Son Engineering apparently have submitted the winning bid. Their bid of $111,000 was about $34,000 less than the second place bid and almost $100,000 cheaper than the most expensive bid.

A total of 10 firms bid on the project, which entails tearing down the three motels, asbestos abatement of a duplex on Osgood Avenue, and the removal of asphalt parking areas, pools, walkways and fences, according to Steve Kooyman, associate civil engineer.

In addition to the $111,000 to be spent on demolition, the city also spent $100,000 to relocate the tenants as well as the costs to acquire the properties.

Kemen will have the green light to begin the project when approval is given by the agency.

The council will also make its way though the 1998/99 fiscal year budget Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. A preliminary hearing for the South Tahoe Housing Authority and South Tahoe Joint Powers Financing Authority is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Redevelopment Agency’s budget will be examined at 3 p.m. and final public comment will be taken on budgets at 6 p.m. at the regular city council meeting.

Who: South Lake Tahoe Redevelopment Agency

When: Tuesday, 3 p.m. (City Council Budget Hearings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again at 6 p.m.

Where: Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Boulevard

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