Developers, Heavenly make surprise donation to fire fund at redevelopment ceremony |

Developers, Heavenly make surprise donation to fire fund at redevelopment ceremony

Susan Wood
Lew Feldman, from Lake Tahoe Development Co., presides over the ceremony on Monday.

Monday’s groundbreaking for the $410 million convention center redevelopment project called Chateau at Heavenly Village encompassed a little bit of everything – charity, kudos and even a party crasher of sorts.

South Lake Tahoe Mayor Kathay Lovell launched a lineup of dignitaries, announcing developers Randy and Kevin Lane agreed to donate $75,000 to the Angora fire relief fund called “Locals for Locals.” Heavenly Mountain Resort and its parent company, Vail, pledged to match that.

The groundbreaking at the 12-acre site was delayed because it was scheduled the week following the devastating fire.

“This community has been through a difficult time,” Lovell said. “This just goes to show you this community comes together in many ways.”

Lovell, who also commended her fellow council members Hal Cole and John Upton for securing the private-public partnership’s agreement for the city, told the more than 100 guests the project represents a boost to the town that goes beyond good will. The overall revenue of the project is estimated to top $78 million and bring in 180,000 visitors per year through improvements planned since the concept was realized in 1995.

Even after mapping out the ski resort’s improvements in its master plan, Heavenly Chief Operating Officer Blaise Carrig said there’s “more work to do.”

The project will include a 95,302-square-foot arena to attract mid-size conventions and events, two condominiums, a park, parking garage, retail space and traffic improvements.

During the ceremony, a vehicle smashed into the back end of a car stopped at the Friday Avenue traffic light.

“For those who aren’t intimately involved with the project, you’ll have comfort in knowing the project comes with a pedestrian overpass,” said Lew Feldman, master of ceremonies and Lake Tahoe Development Co. attorney.

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