Marriott ready to start building |

Marriott ready to start building

Susan Wood

The Marriott is quickly preparing to move earth under the Heavenly gondola next week, following permit approvals Monday and a final agreement with American Skiing Company Friday to build the Grand Summit Resort.

The name is still up in the air for this $100 million hotel-condominium complex that is 83 percent booked by Heavenly Ski Resort’s parent company as part of South Lake Tahoe’s Park Avenue Redevelopment Project.

An entourage of company, agency, city officials and consultants surveyed the job site Monday. With city approval and a pre-grade inspection from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency completed, the standard prep work for next week’s mass excavation is planned today.

“Certainly, we have an accelerated schedule from what we typically do,” Marriott’s Regional Project Director Marty Breen said Monday, standing between the spots where his company’s two structures will be built. “We’re pleased to have the opportunity to build the Grand Summit as well as our (hotel) project.”

Along with agreeing to build the quarter-to-whole ownership project for ASC, Marriott Vacation Club – an arm of the internationally known hotel management firm – will construct its proposed $129 million time-share hotel about 400 feet away. It is called the Timber Lodge.

The Bethesda, Maryland-based hotel chain agreed May 4 to step in for the Newry, Maine-based ski resort operator to fund the building of the Grand Summit, taking over development rights and 85 percent of ownership interest in the project.

Breen, who’s based in Park City, Utah, believes there will be a seamless transition for those who booked a Grand Summit unit with ASC.

As for employment, he expects to have more than 500 people working on the project during the peak construction period. From sales to building personnel, the project director plans to hire many local workers.

The general contractor comes from outside the area, but it’s a familiar name around town.

Perini Building Co. General Superintendent Dave Ash said Monday that he is looking forward to working on the community-oriented project.

Ash is pleased the chain-link fence will allow the community to view the project’s progress, “so everybody can see the job.”

“We’re all excited,” Ash said. “It’s an interesting design that’s made to go along with the other buildings.”

Completion of the project is due by December 2002.

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