Grant would fund Village display area |

Grant would fund Village display area

Susan Wood

Plans to create an environmental display promoting South Lake Tahoe at the city-run transit station at Heavenly Village may be coming closer to fruition.

The City Council may decide Tuesday to approve a grant agreement with the California Tahoe Conservancy to build an interpretative display at the vacant, 5,800-square-foot building. It’s now being anchored by a BlueGo kiosk inside the ground floor.

The CTC gave the green light Friday to use up to $97,000 for a 1,000-square-foot display like those seen in national park visitor centers.

“This allows us to start developing concrete schematic plans,” said Bruce Eisner of the state conservancy.

Many centers have evolved into interactive displays that teach and entertain. Tourism and civic officials have long envisioned a display that would educate the public about the environmental aspects of living in the Lake Tahoe Basin – from recreational attractions to alternative transportation.

The money would be used for planning purposes, which often constitutes 10- to 20 percent of a project’s costs. The plans will outline changes to the building and area. The interior now resembles an office-type environment. Sacramento-based EDAW, which determined the project as feasible, will draw up the schematic plans.

Rough renderings have included space for a library, orientation area and concierge desk.

There’s a hitch. The CTC wants the city to operate the center and the council insists it be a self-supporting venture.

The proposed environmental center at the transit station is one of a few visitor centers civic and regulatory agencies are looking at to tout the beauty of Tahoe. Six visitor centers now dot the basin.

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

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