Lake Village condos possible, unlikely |

Lake Village condos possible, unlikely

Michael Schneider

A 44-unit condominium development in the Lake Village Drive area of Stateline will not proceed as planned.

Douglas County Commissioners gave the project the go ahead in May, but developers were unable to secure funding and gain various agencies’ approval to begin the project this year.

Commissioner Steve Weissinger said the project was dead with the current developer, B & F Holdings, Inc., of Dayton, Nev.

However, James Borelli, spokesman for B & F, said the construction company is still attempting to move forward with the project. He said construction on the meadow between Lake Village and Kingsbury Grade, the site of the project, will not commence this year as planned.

“Some of these things take time, like Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approval,” Borelli said. He said B & F is also still negotiating with the current owners for the land.

In May the commission set aside three years’ worth of TRPA space allocations to the Lake Village project. Should B & F not be able to break ground this year, the company’s permit would expire.

Weissinger said to approve the same allocation next year, assuming the building space is still available, the commission would likely need a letter of intent of moving the project forward. B & F would also have to gain approval from various agencies all over again, including another public hearing before the commission.

After gaining Douglas County approval, the developers still needed approval from the TRPA, the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District, Kingsbury General Improvement District and the Douglas County Sewer District.

When the item came before the county commission in May, the project drew heavy opposition from many residents and businesses in the Stateline and Kingsbury area.

Several Kingsbury Middle School students addressed the commission, saying the development would harm their nearby Burke Creek restoration projects.

Last spring, KMS students released 30 trout into the creek, designated as a Stream Environmental Zone.

Residents complained of increased traffic problems centering around streets which they say are seldom plowed in the winter. They also expressed concern over the intersection at U.S. Highway 50 and Lake Village Drive and what effect increased traffic would have on the already overburdened intersection.

Tahoe Nugget property owners also complained, telling commissioners a bar on their property had recently begun a live music campaign and didn’t want problems from complaining neighbors.

Commissioners said they sympathized with those opposed to the development, but had no grounds for refusing the project.

“We have no legal position to turn it down,” Commissioner Kelly Kite said at the May meeting.

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