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Evicted motel tenants will be taken care of by city

Michael Schneider

The South Lake Tahoe Redevelopment Agency Tuesday agreed to spend nearly $100,000 to relocate tenants living in three soon-to-be-demolished motels.

The Blue Lake Motel on Ski Run Boulevard, and the Serra Lodge and Jack Pot Inn on U.S. Highway 50 by Pioneer Trail, will be torn down by the city’s Redevelopment Agency after the Labor Day holiday, according to Jaye Von Klug, the city’s redevelopment manager.

The agency has acquired the three properties for a total price of about $1.7 million.

The Serra and Jack Pot sites will be turned into open spaces pending a future redevelopment project that would construct restaurants on the sights.

Redevelopment consultant Bill Von Klug said the building designs will be rustic reminders of the type of structures popular here decades ago.

The Blue Lake will give way to additional parking for Ski Run developments.

There are 39 city residents living on a permanent basis in 19 units at the motels.

As required by state law, the agency will help tenants find suitable lodging, pay their moving costs and will pay any increase in rent for up to 48 months. The agency may give some tenants a one-time grant of up to $5,250.

The agency hopes the developments will mute criticism of South Lake Tahoe as a low-quality, congested commercial strip with a lack of quality tourist accommodations.

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