Redevelopment spreads |

Redevelopment spreads

Ski Run, Park Avenue and Project 3 are the big three in the city’s redevelopment plans. But several other smaller projects, both by the city and private developers, are expected to radically upgrade and transform the South Shore experience in the next several years.

The Triangle Project

An awkward wedge of land bordered by Pioneer Trail, U.S. Highway 50 and Midway Avenue is slated for an upgrade in the city’s Triangle Project.

Charlie McDermid and a group of local investors plan to build a 105- to 120-unit Hilton Garden Inn, a high-end, limited-service hotel, plus a free-standing restaurant within the triangle.

Two motels, the Jackpot Inn and Sierra Lodge, were demolished in 1998 to make room for the development as well as more open space. The area from the National 9 Motel to Midway Avenue remains to be cleared, according to City Redevelopment Manager Judith Von Klug.

The city does not plan to buy out owners of the buildings with Alpen Sierra Coffee Co., Cutting Edge Sports and 7-Eleven, Von Klug said, but she hopes landscaping and sidewalks would be added to blend into the project.

The city tentatively expects to buy and demolish the Bottle Shop, which is right on the corner of the wedge.

“From a land-use point of view, it would be ideal as open space and a great place for public art,” Von Klug said, referring to the traffic access difficulties of the corner.

Because the small project only involves another $5 million in bond debt for the city, it could be added to the Park Avenue debt load, she said. If that works out, the project could begin construction in 2001.

Crescent V Center

Remodeling and other changes planned for the Crescent V Center are technically part of the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project, which includes realignment of the center’s eastern boundary of Park Avenue.

Tahoe Crescent Partners, owners of the shopping center, plan to upgrade the main structure with natural materials, timber and a pitched roof to complement the design of the Grand Summit Resort.

The former Truckee River Bank will be demolished and replaced with a new 15,000-square-foot building. A new restaurant will be added to the corner of Park Avenue and U.S. Highway 50, along with streetscaping to blend in with the other redevelopment projects.

Ski Run Redevelopment

The Fantasy Inn erected a new building during the first phase of the Ski Run Redevelopment Project. In the coming year, it will expand, as planned, with another 20-units and a wedding center, expected to be completed by fall of 2000.

The expansion will take place east of the current building on the sites of the former Unical Station and Alder Creek Animal Hospital.

There’s more construction ahead for the Embassy Vacation Resort. The next phase of what is planned to be an H-shaped building, is expected to begin in a year or so.

Von Klug acknowledged that many people consider the Embassy building overwhelming, especially since it had been open land for so long. However, once the landscaping matures, “it will bring the size into perspective,” she said. “It will become more attractive as time goes on.”

Other fine-tuning in the Ski Run area includes revegitating an area that was torn up during new construction work. A public area will be landscaped and a fountain installed. Those projects should be completed by the fall of 2000.

This and That

The energy of redevelopment is spreading to private projects, Von Klug said.

“As a whole we’re seeing renewed energy, renewed involvement which has not been happening,” she said. “People are seeing that we can get things done.

“People are willing to invest because of what’s going on.”

More and more old buildings are being remodeled or demolished for private projects elsewhere.

The Ski Run Center recently applied for a permit to remodel the center to blend with the redevelopment projects around it, Von Klug said.

The Harrison Avenue Project in the middle of town is moving forward with a design that looks like it will satisfy most of the businesses as well as the city and a new partner, the California Tahoe Conservancy.

All of the projects include more open space and landscaping to encourage people to get out of their cars and enjoy the views.

“A lot of positive things are happening in the community,” Von Klug said.

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