Multi-level parking lot will replace motel |

Multi-level parking lot will replace motel

Michael Schneider

A multi-level parking structure will soon sit on the demolished Blue Lake Motel site.

The South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency voted Tuesday to approve at least a two-story parking structure instead of paving the property for parking.

“The parking there is totally inadequate now,” said Tom Davis, council member.

Currently there are 97 public parking spaces for the Ski Run Marina, according to Jaye Von Klug, the city’s redevelopment manager. She said the marina needs a minimum of 183 spaces to fulfill the needs of businesses such as the Tahoe Queen paddle wheeler, which operates out of the marina.

Council members expressed concern that the parking was too far from the marina. The Blue Lake Motel was located about two blocks south of the U.S. Highway 50 and Ski Run Boulevard intersection.

Attorney Dennis Crabb, who represents the marina, said the marina will operate a shuttle from the new parking garage to the marina.

Crabb said, in order to facilitate the marina’s parking needs, the parking structure must be operational by July 1999.

“We need to start in January and begin moving dirt May 1,” Crabb told the council.

The plan calls for the city to finance the project and be repaid with the revenues the garage brings. The city plans to charge $3 per vehicle per day on summer weekends.

Backup financing is also being discussed in case the parking revenue predictions fall short.

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