Edgewood Tahoe Lodge a step toward revitalizing South Shore (updated)
STATELINE — City, state and Edgewood Tahoe representatives gathered along with shareholders and community members Thursday, Oct. 1, to celebrate the official ground-breaking for the golf course’s new lodging facility. The project is being described as a major step in both the revitalization of South Lake Tahoe tourism offerings and watershed and wildlife preservation.
“What we’re celebrating here is a 4,000-acre watershed project that happens to have a lodge,” Joanne Marchetta, executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, said during the ceremony.
In an interview with Tahoe Daily Tribune following the groundbreaking event, Marchetta further explained, “This has elements of virtually all of our environmental needs here in the basin.
“They have been pursuing this very responsibly,” she said of Edgewood planners.
When finished, the new development will include 154 hotel rooms in a new main lodge along with 40 private cabins that are expected to function under fractional ownership. The facility will also include a lakefront pool and dining offerings, as well as a 10,000 square-foot convention center and a spa. Plans additionally include a new public beach and trails connecting Nevada and California lakefront trail systems. Substantial restoration projects on Edgewood Creek, increased riparian zones and additional wetlands are part of the plan as well.
A news release described the LEED-designed 169,000 square-foot project as increasing “local overnight lodging opportunities and guest experiences with a lodge reminiscent of the great national park facilities.”
“I think what you heard today is that this will be kind of a flagship property for us,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, at Thursday’s event.
She explained that Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority believes Edgewood Tahoe fills a gap in current South Shore lodging offering. The new hotel will cater to guests looking for more than the motel experience and who might prefer not to stay at casinos.
“It really is a project that we think is world class and will appeal to a broad tourism group,” she said.
According to Marchetta, approval for the project involves a transfer of lodging development rights.
“When you get a project like this, this is not new growth. This is transferred development where we take down old blighted motel units that are not being used — perhaps they have very little occupancy; they are not up to today’s environmental standards. You transfer those development rights to a project like this and they revitalize and make it new as well as remove some of the old blight.”
Many in attendance at Edgewood Tahoe’s Thursday celebration also called it a successful collaboration between multiple agencies.
“This is one region, one market,” said Chuck Scharer, president and CEO of Edgewood, addressing past struggles with development proposals in the Tahoe Basin during his speech. “The state lines needs to disappear.”
Others, like Marchetta, pointed to this project as an example for future development.
“We’re getting a lot more out of working together than we are out of what has tended to be some historic divisiveness,” she said.
The City of South Lake Tahoe’s recent Bijou Bike Park opening was described as another example of similar collaboration.
Construction at Edgewood was already underway prior to Thursday. Facilities are expected to open in the summer of 2017.
“For more than 120 years, the Park family have been stewards of this magnificent land,” Scharer said. “The family-owned, locally operated Edgewood Tahoe Resort will be a physical representation of all the change that is happening in our community. It will be a place where health, recreation and green building blend to improve local economies; where the blighted old is replaced by the energy-efficient, attractive new and where visitors and locals come and leave with treasured memories.”
For more information about Edgewood Tahoe, including golf and wedding offerings, visit http://www.edgewoodtahoe.com.
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