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Joint-use facilities to be discussed: City Council, school board meet today to work on proposal

William Ferchland
This conceptual drawing by landscape architect Brett Long, of a renovated track next to South Tahoe Middle School, might be used as a starting point in a plan to improve the site with the combined resources of the city of South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County and Lake Tahoe Unified School District.
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A rare meeting today between the South Lake Tahoe City Council and Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education could help advance the idea of combining resources for shared-use projects such as an improved track and a government complex.

Harris and Associates of Carson City, a land-use firm hired to investigate the proposal, will give a presentation. In addition, members of both boards as well as the public will be able to comment.

City Manager Dave Jinkens is recommending that staff be directed to develop a timeline and financial plan for the proposal.

A similar presentation will be given to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors during an Aug. 22 meeting.

The proposed joint-use plan has three phases, the first being a renovation of the worn track next to South Tahoe Middle School.

The second, more ambitious plan calls for an estimated 50,000-square-foot building capable of housing city, school and El Dorado County offices. Out of six initial options, officials are targeting a swath of undeveloped land near the campus of Al Tahoe Elementary School.

The school district owns land the governments could use for the shared government complex and a possible 500-seat performing arts theater, which is a possible third phase.

One plan for improving the track involves expanding it to nine lanes and placing a soccer field inside the oval.

The cost of the first phase is estimated at $1.7 million with a completion date scheduled for next summer.

A conceptual drawing by landscape architect and former South Tahoe High School track and field star Brett Long was shown to school board members during a meeting last week. Long said the drawing he did for the Track Restoration for Community and Kids organization is a few months old and likely would be altered.

But his excitement for the restoration was noticeable as he talked about the possibilities of synthetic grass in the middle of the track and grant opportunities to help pay for recyclable materials that would make up some of the track’s material.

“There’s money coming from everywhere to make the best possible facility we can and make it a great starting point for the rest of the facilities they’re (planning on) putting in,” Long said.

If You Go

What: Combined meeting between the South Lake Tahoe City Council and Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education

Where: City Council chambers, 1901 Airport Road

When: 1:30 p.m.

Why: Discussion on proposal to share resources to community projects such as a restored track, government complex and 500-seat performing arts center


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