Final piece ofredevelopment puzzle to be considered |

Final piece ofredevelopment puzzle to be considered

Susan Wood

The question of whether South Lake Tahoe should continue with negotiations to build a convention center complex near Stateline will come before the City Council Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The 17-acre project – considered the next stage of South Shore redevelopment – was last left in the hands of Marriott Vacation Club and property owners in the area. Marriott came into the picture when Harrah’s Lake Tahoe had pulled its interest.

Marriott representatives expressed interest in building the complex, under the condition the project would change. Marriott Vice President of Development, David Holton, wrote to the Redevelopment Agency on Aug. 9, indicating “the feasibility of the entire project is unknown.”

Meanwhile, the agency board sought input from the property owners affected – many of whom have been eager to see the project come into fruition. Some want a bailout of their properties through eminent domain.

As for other Marriott-related business, the Redevelopment Agency will wrestle with sources to offset a $230,000 higher-than-expected expense of completing the remaining landscaping and street improvements at the Park Avenue project. The job, predicted to cost $390,000, will include a sidewalk and landscaping along Heavenly Village Way from Bellamy Court to the existing bus turnout.

Maintenance for improvements on Highway 50 will also be taken up Tuesday. The $20 million job is expected to require the city to maintain the upkeep. The council may determine whether the formation of business improvement and lighting districts can cover the costs.

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In addition, money to pay for runway cracks and security measures at the Lake Tahoe Airport is slated to come before the council. To do so, the city would need to kick in $20,650 to provide a 5 percent Federal Aviation Administration match for the Airport Improvement Plan.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at