Home improvement center proposal goes to Tahoe commission
April 29, 2009
The South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission on Thursday will review a proposal to convert the old South Shore Motors building into a home improvement center.
The proposal for the property at 1875 Lake Tahoe Blvd. has raised concerns that the new business, Do It Yourself Center, will create too much competition for existing hardware stores.
Some are worried that the store will increase traffic on that section of Lake Tahoe Boulevard, which is near South Tahoe High School.
Other neighbors have said they think the proposed remodel would be an improvement for the site.
Among those who are worried about competition is Robert Cosmi, owner of Scotty’s Hardware on Lake Tahoe Boulevard.
“I don’t need another hardware store on my doorstep,” Cosmi said.
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But Cosmi is also concerned for other businesses in town, including stores selling lumber, paint, hardware, tile and landscaping supplies.
In addition, Cosmi thinks the city should allow more time for another car dealership to move into the site. South Shore Motors closed last year.
The project needs a special use permit and major design review before moving forward.
Representatives of Do It Yourself Center could not be contacted in time for this article.
The Planning Commission meets at 3 p.m. Thursday in council chambers at the Lake Tahoe Airport.