Planners give OK to Kingsbury project
Douglas County planners gave the go-ahead to a project which will add several retail shops, office buildings and restaurants to the Kingsbury area of Stateline.
The approval was for two planned commercial developments, the larger of which will call for the demolition of Love’s Wedding Chapel. This development will house 32,000 square feet of office buildings and retail shops where the chapel now rests and on adjoining parcels.
The second project, which also received Planning Commission approval, will possibly see a restaurant constructed on the property which previously housed the Tahoe Nugget.
Pete Wysocki, who planned the project for the county’s community development department, said the original plan was for a 6,000 square-foot allocation for the restaurant. Because the commercial center project took 13,000 of the 17,500 available square feet of project space this year, only about 4,500 feet were left for the restaurant.
Gary Midkiff, who represents the restaurant developer John Mason, told the commission that without another 1,500 square feet, Mason may not wish to proceed with the restaurant plans.
Mason had first planned to build a casino on the parcel, but found it would be against the law to build a new casino out of the ruins of the Tahoe Nugget.
“We can build a separate structure as long as we can show it’s not replacing the casino structure,” Midkiff said. “We want to put a commercial operation there. If we do not eventually get the full 6,000 feet, then maybe it won’t be a restaurant.”
The commission included in their motion to allocate to Mason 4,500 square feet of commercial space, language which would give him any excess space left over from three other projects in the Kingsbury area.
Several road improvements are planned as part of the projects, including the addition of turning lanes at the U.S. Highway 50 and Kingsbury Grade intersection.
Additionally, the restaurant project will see the developer put $30,000 toward improvements for Burke Creek, which runs thought the Kingsbury area.
In keeping with Wysocki’s goal of private projects with public uses as well, the commercial center will incorporate a bus stop, a three-story parking garage and a new office of the Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center.
Plans are not final for the proposed restaurant on the Nugget property as the developer will wait to see if any more commercial space becomes available.
Commercial center construction could begin next spring. The remaining space above the county contribution of 17,000 square feet to the center will come from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
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