Stateline project benefits outlined |

Stateline project benefits outlined

Patrick McCartney

Backers of the third redevelopment project proposed for South Lake Tahoe said Wednesday the 20-acre Stateline project would protect the area’s environment by treating urban runoff, reducing hard coverage and coaxing visitors out of their cars.

Speaking at a meeting of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s governing board, project consultant Lew Feldman briefed the board on planning for Project 3.

“The environmental impacts are largely beneficial,” Feldman told the board after narrating a slide show of architectural renderings of the project.

Proposed for a six-block area between Stateline and Park Avenue, Project 3 is designed to include hotels, a convention center, art gallery, child-care center and an outdoor replica of Lake Tahoe with educational exhibits.

The project is across the street from, and intended to complement the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project, which will include a new gondola to transport visitors directly to Heavenly Ski Resort.

Feldman said Project 3 will increase the commercial floor area on the site, yet create more open space. When built, shops and other buildings will be set back from Lake Tahoe Boulevard by 60 feet, compared to today’s 5-foot setback. Curb cuts along the boulevard will be reduced from 13 to one, and the child-care center will offer guardian services to visitors for the first time.

Jim Jordan, who authored the project’s draft environmental impact report, said Project 3 will meet almost all of the goals of the area’s community plan.

The agency’s board listened to the presentation, but took no action on the environmental study.

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