Redevelopment continues court battles to secure Park Avenue projects |

Redevelopment continues court battles to secure Park Avenue projects

The South Lake Tahoe Redevelopment Agency is pursing a case to make certain that it can demolish Bandanas Whole Earth Pizza from its current location when construction begins on the Grand Summit Resort Hotel, scheduled to begin next spring.

The redevelopment agency and Bandanas met in El Dorado County Superior Court Monday morning to determine if the case will go to trial. The judge is expected to make a decision by the end of the week.

Although Bandanas has been promised a spot in the retail section of the Grand Summit, Kurt Carlsen, co-owner of Bandanas, has said he wants to conduct business in its current location, 4076 Lake Tahoe Blvd., as long as possible.

Bandanas previously was required to vacate the property by Oct. 1., but received approval from the redevelopment agency to stay through the winter.

However, City Attorney Catherine DiCamillo wants to ensure that Bandanas can be demolished by the start of construction for the Grand Summit.

She argues that Bandanas is in the middle of the Park Avenue Redevelopment project.

“The defendant would have the court believe that this case exists in a vacuum,” DiCamillo said.

Bandanas Attorney Gary Livaich said his client has continued to pay rent on the property and that they do not want to give up their location until construction of the Grand Summit is definite for spring.

“I think sometimes we have to step back and take a look at where we are at,” Livaich said.

Bandanas pays the city $5,000 a month in rent, according to DiCamillo.

The agency has also filed a resolution for eminent domain on the property, but Livaich contends that an act of eminent domain against Bandanas would not be consistent with the California Constitution.

The agency, through eminent domain, has taken 13 properties to date for Park Avenue Redevelopment. Redevelopment Manager Jaye Von Klug has said the agency also expects to take the Red Carpet Inn and the Lake Tahoe Inn.

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