Housing Dept. moves to Airport
After six years of bumping elbows in a tiny room in the Tata Lane city offices, South Lake Tahoe Housing and Economic Development staff have moved into a converted space at Lake Tahoe Airport.
The four housing employees now occupy three offices, a conference room and reception area in the waiting room beneath the airport restaurant.
“Before there were three of us in one small office in the administrative center and one in another office. This allows us to get all our operations in one location,” said Patrick Conway, city housing coordinator. “The move has been in the works six to eight months. There was some debate, some council members thought we should explore other options.”
But the move was nevertheless approved by the city and the housing department moved April 1. As far as getting in the way of potential commercial air service, City Manager Kerry Miller doesn’t foresee any major problems.
“At some point it could interfere if we had seven to eight flights coming in, then we would need the space. But we don’t anticipate that sort of volume in the near future,” Miller said. “We would not have moved the office out there if we thought it would interfere with our potential for commercial air service. This is productive use of city office space.”
The housing department has to pay $1,000 a month in rent to the airport and had to pay for the remodeling as well.
“I don’t feel this is temporary by any means,” Conway said. “But if the airport becomes very active we might have to change locations some time in the future. But I don’t know how permanent anyone’s office is nowadays, really.”
A housing open house
WHAT: Open House for the new offices of South Lake Tahoe’s Housing and Economic Development Division
WHERE: Lake Tahoe Airport, 1901 Airport Road
WHEN: May 6, from 4 to 6 p.m.
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