Barton Health acquires property for growth

Griffin Rogers
Barton Health bought these buildings on Emerald Bay Road.
Griffin Rogers / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

Barton Health’s recent acquisition of four South Lake Tahoe buildings has resulted in one business being forced to relocate and another worried about its future.

Bliss Skin Care Studio, located at 1115 Emerald Bay Road No. 2, has been given a 30-day notice to exit the premises after Barton purchased the building in a larger deal, owner Rebecca Switzer said.

The decision was ultimately made in conjunction with Barton’s future plans for the area, said Monica Sciuto, director of public relations and marketing.

“The reason that we gave 30-day notice is that we are trying to consolidate some of our staff and businesses into one building,” she said.

The buildings Barton closed escrow on are 1111, 1113, 1115 and 1119 Emerald Bay Road. Two of them were already being rented by the organization for Physician Billing and Barton University prior to the purchase. But other establishments also occupy some of the buildings.

Scuito said the organization isn’t planning on giving out any more 30-day notices at this time, but decisions like that may be determined at a later time.

“They will be handled on a case-by-case basis,” she said.

Everything is supposed to be “business as usual” for companies renting in Barton’s newest buildings, Rich Belli, director of facilities administration at Barton, said in an email Tuesday.

Acupuncturist Melinda Choy, who owns Elevate Wellness Center in the 1113 Emerald Bay Road building — also purchased by Barton — is worried that her business could receive the same treatment when her lease ends in a few years, she said.

“It concerns me because they’re not necessarily thinking about a business outside of their business,” Choy said.

Barton bought the buildings with the goal of cutting costs in the long run, Belli said. The organization looked at many buildings for staff, and there were no other existing buildings that had the specifications — mainly space and adequate parking — it was looking for.

To accommodate more parking, Barton purchased the Ponderosa Glass building at 1119, Belli said. Ponderosa Glass will remain a tenant to Barton Health in this building.

“Ample parking is also paramount for this area,” he said of the overall purchase.

“In regards to the Ponderosa Glass facility,” Belli added, “the space will also reduce off-site storage costs.”

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