Sierra Recovery Center to ask for relaxed codes |

Sierra Recovery Center to ask for relaxed codes

Sierra Recovery Center could be back to square one with its plans to convert an old motel on Emerald Bay Road into a housing and administrative complex.

The nonprofit organization claims the city’s motel conversion policy is too restrictive to carry on with its plans – plans that have already run $300,000 over budget.

Beyond money, Sierra Recovery management believes it’s running out of time as escrow plans to close on the Sandor’s Chateau in January. Moreover, its lease is up the following month at its offices off of Harrison Avenue.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council will hear the group’s plea today at 9 a.m.

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The standards – put into place in April upon council approval – were designed to establish safety codes for units seeking to change rundown motels into affordable housing complexes.

Many of these units have no stoves and insufficient storage. “If it’s decided it has to be up to these specifications, then we’re done. We can’t do all of them,” Executive Director Betsy Fedor said.

Gary Midkiff, who has worked on the project with Fedor, said the primary concerns lie with a certain standard of insulation, a fire sprinkler system in every unit and a major overhaul of the roof.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at

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