Kingsbury project stuck in muck |

Kingsbury project stuck in muck

What began as a simple construction project at the bottom of Kingsbury Grade’s State Route 207 unexpectedly turned into a major cleanup job.

To his surprise, as project manager Dave Fairbank began the underground work for a future office building – a replacement and expansion of the blue-gray Lakeview Professional Building – he discovered construction debris running eight to 10 feet deep.

“There was literally tons of concrete and steel which we had to dig up and get rid of,” Fairbank said. “It was pretty surprising, as well as very expensive for us to clean up.”

After some research, Fairbank discovered that the dump was the remnants of the Tahoe Village Casino, which originally stood at the present site of the Douglas County Administrative Center. The casino was demolished in the 60’s, he said, and all the scrap iron and concrete were left behind and eventually forgotten under a layer of grass and weeds.

Last week, construction crews were finally able to begin upgrading and rerouting water, power and phone lines to prepare the site for the planned 17,000-square-foot office building. The owners of the property, Prim Ventures, Inc., had no idea their land was a repository for the walls and foundations of an old casino, Fairbank said. But despite the delay, demolition of the old office building is expected to begin next week.

“Probably in August, we’ll get to the above-ground work,” Fairbank said. “Despite the delay caused by the cleanup, we’re hoping to have a complete building next spring.”

The new two-story building will be closer to the top of the bank than the old office building, and will be turned 90 degrees to face Lake Tahoe. A parking lot at the front of the building will be shared with Kahle Community Park and maintained by Douglas County, Fairbank said.

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