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Park Avenue parking a redevelopment priority

Build it and they will come – if they can find a place to park.

The Park Avenue Redevelopment Project calls for a hotel, public transit facility, public plaza, commercial retail center, a multiplex theater and 2,053 parking spaces to be built on the 34-acre block encompassed by Park Avenue and U.S. Highway 50.

With building designs drawn and finances set in place, management of the parking facilities remains on the city’s to-do list before the ground-breaking ceremony this spring.

Judith Von Klug, the city’s redevelopment manager, said parking is a hinge in the redevelopment timeline.

“It’s essential that there be an agreement on the parking management by mid-April so the TRPA project permit gets acknowledged and so the land can be sold to the developers for Phase 1 construction,” Von Klug said in a written report to the South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency.

Attorney Lew Feldman, who represents the developers in the project, said reaching an agreement with the city on parking issues is just another step toward completion in the redevelopment project.

“This is simply an attempt to keep the process moving,” Feldman said. “The controlling document is the (development and disposition agreement) and I don’t view this as the same magnitude as the DDA.”

But the DDA agreement doesn’t include the owners of the Crescent V shopping center which is a major player in the parking situation near redevelopment, according to Von Klug.

“It is understood that lack of adequate parking and parking controls would adversely impact the entire project, including the Crescent V Fashion Center,” Von Klug said. “It is essential that the management and operation of the Crescent V parking area be included in this agreement.”

The Redevelopment Agency has written a memorandum of understanding to draw the owners of the shopping center into the parking agreement.

Part of the memorandum lays ground rules in reaching an agreement for parking rates and restrictions in the 500-space parking garage to be built east of Park Avenue. It also determines dispute resolution through mediation if the parties involved cannot agree on parking matters.

The memorandum will be reviewed today by the Redevelopment Agency and the South Lake Tahoe City Council. Interim City Manager Sue Schlerf has recommended approval of the memorandum.

In other redevelopment business:

n Review resolutions finding that the public necessity requires acquisition of the land where Paul Kennedy’s Steak House stands and the vacant lot nearby

n Consider a contract with Anderson for asbestos testing in Phase 1A of the Park Avenue Project

n Closed session negotiations with property owners concerning price and terms of payment in the acquisition of real property for the purpose of redevelopment

What: South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency meeting

When: Today, 4 p.m.

Where: Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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