Lakefront building being rebuilt after fire |

Lakefront building being rebuilt after fire

Christina Proctor

The deadline was met. All the earth has been moved. The flow of concrete Wednesday was the last bit of insurance signaling that construction on the new Lakefront Professional Building will be able to continue through the winter.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s prohibition on digging starts Saturday. Bill Conlon – co-owner of the four-story, lakefront office building that was destroyed Aug. 8 in an early morning fire – said the city of South Lake Tahoe and the TRPA helped the process of rebuilding run smoothly.

“They definitely put a priority on this. Everybody is just working as fast as they can to get everybody back in,” Conlon said. “The next step after the foundation is to enclose and roof the building, so they can work through the winter on the interior.”

Mary Kay Mc Lanahan, associate planner for the city, said under TRPA rules when a building is damaged by fire or calamity the owners have the right to rebuild it. The new building will be in the footprint of the old, according to Conlon, but the exterior will meet TRPA’s scenic qualities ordinances.

“It is almost identical to the old building, but the exterior will be enhanced for the new codes. It will be timber and stone. And it will have an elevator to permit accessibility. It will probably be one of the safest buildings in town,” Conlon said.

Mc Lanahan said the city planning department is now handling certain TRPA projects, which allowed the permit procedure to go quickly.

Villa Del Mar Properties, the building’s owners, have only obtained approval for the foundation, which was handled by Michael W. Rohrer Construction. Rohrer said he expects construction on the block walls to be completed by the second week of November. Mc Lanahan said the city has not yet done a full project review.

“Once the final plans have been submitted we will be able to finalize a permit for them,” Mc Lanahan said.

The accidental fire displaced more than 10 businesses. Investigators placed the building’s value at around $1.2 million. Conlon said many of the former tenants have expressed interest in the new building.

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