Roof repair will open up new commercial space on Harrison Avenue in South Lake Tahoe
October 7, 2017
The Harrison Avenue corridor in South Lake Tahoe has seen its share of change in recent years. Old building have been completely renovated in order to house new businesses. The streetscape has undergone roughly $6 million in improvements.
And, barring any major hiccups, the area should have a handful of new restaurants and shops by early 2018 — about one year after the roof of the Green Tahoe Market and Liquor Store collapsed under the weight of several feet of snow.
The incident shutdown the business in the strip mall anchored by Port of Subs and Rojo's Tavern.
Progress was slowed by insurance requirements and a confusing permitting process.
But now efforts are underway to completely overhaul the structure. Workers have removed what was left of the roof and pieces of the facade facing Lake Tahoe Boulevard.
Once the rebuilding is complete, which should hopefully be within 45 days, there will be three brand new retail spaces, said Peggy Eichhorn, a broker/owner with Coldwell Banker McKinney and Assoc., Inc.
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Eichhorn, who manages the property, said they have been trying to gain a feeling for the type of businesses that would fit. A coffee spot in the mold of the former Rude Brothers Bagel & Coffee — which closed to the dismay of many in March 2016 — is one option being considered.
A pizza chain has expressed interest, according to Eichhorn, who added that there might be enough parking if someone wanted to open a full scale restaurant in the space.
The property owner also has space to lease behind the former liquor store. Located next to Escobar Training Grounds, the property was originally going to be the new home of the liquor store but the owner opted to try and lease it instead, Eichhorn said.
At the end of the end of the day, it's about finding tenants that would be a good fit for the area, Eichhorn added.
That could prove more challenging a task than it would have several years ago.
Less than a block away, contractors are putting the finishing touches on a brand new building that will house a sports bar, Pick 6, as well as a coffee shop. Located at the same location that used to house Rude Brothers, Pick 6 sports bar will be two stories on the side closest to Sprouts Cafe, according to Mike McKeen, a contractor who purchased the property with John Cefalu, a longtime real estate investor, in early 2016. The coffee shop — owned by the same people opening Pick 6 — will be located on the side closest to Al Tahoe Laundry.
As for the construction, the heavy lifting is done, McKeen said. The structure is built and the wiring is done. The kitchen still needs to be built and all the equipment needs to be moved in.
Painting is planned for next week.
"All the hard stuff is done," McKeen said.
If everything goes smoothly, the businesses could be ready to open around the holidays.
As for the building a block down the street, anyone interested in leasing future space at the site of the former liquor store can call Eichhorn's office at 530-542-5521.