Lakeview Commons breaks ground |

Lakeview Commons breaks ground

Adam Jensen
Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily TribuneFrom right, El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago, South Lake Tahoe Mayor Kathay Lovell, California Tahoe Conservancy Deputy Director Ray Lacey and City Councilman Bruce Grego break ground on the Lakeview Commons project at El Dorado Beach on Wednesday morning.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Waterfront improvements, including a LEED-certified bathroom and concession stand, broke ground at El Dorado Beach on Wednesday.

The improvements are the first phase of the Lakeview Commons project, a multi-agency effort to improve El Dorado Beach and the area across Highway 50 including Campground by the Lake and the El Dorado County Library. The project was previously referred to as the 56-acre project.

In addition to the bathroom and concession stand, the first phase of the California Tahoe Conservancy-funded project includes construction of stairs, a non-motorized boathouse, new barbecue areas, seating areas and an access ramp for the disabled.

Repair of an erosion-damaged retaining wall is also included in the project and will be a priority when the contractor begins work on the project within the next 10 days, said John Greenhut, South Lake Tahoe’s Public Works Director.

“We feel this project really accomplishes major goals set forth by the community,” said designer Manuela King during a Wednesday ceremony at the project site.

The recreation area will be closed during construction, which is scheduled for completion in July 2011, Greenhut said.

Officials will evaluate progress on the project in October to determine whether the area will remain closed during the winter, Greenhut said. If the project area is opened during the winter, it will be closed at the start of the 2011 grading season until the first phase is complete.

The project, which has been in development for three years, got on the ground “really quick” by Lake Tahoe Basin standards, Greenhut said, noting the agencies in the region are good at planning, but not necessarily getting projects built.

The California Tahoe Conservancy has funded the project to the tune of $7.5 million, which includes planning and contingency costs. Construction costs for the first phase of the project are estimated at $4.5 million.

Phase two of the project includes the construction of a cantilevered walkway along the eastern part of the beach. Funding has yet to be secured for that phase.

Major changes envisioned for the area on the south side of Highway 50 remain in the conceptual phase, Greenhut said.

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