Tahoe City parking garage a benefit, concern
The largest parking structure planned for the California side of the North Shore is receiving mixed reviews from Tahoe City business owners.
In response to the need for easy-to-access, readily visible public parking, a three-story parking garage will be built near the Tahoe City Marina as part of the five-year redevelopment plan adopted by the Placer County Board of Supervisors.
The Tahoe City Marina parking garage will have 138 spaces over three levels and will be connected to the marina behind Wolfdale’s, O’Neals and The Back Country.
The $10 million-plus structure is the first multi-level garage in the redevelopment area and only the second one in the county, said Rae James, Placer County’s deputy director of redevelopment. But the structure may pose problems to some of the businesses the parking spaces are intended to help.
Wolfdale’s restaurant and building owner, Douglas Dale, has concerns about height, noise, construction hours and access. “(This) is very scary for us. (We’re) not against it, just hoping that it’s done right,” Dale said. “We’re hoping it benefits all of Tahoe City.”
Parking is indeed one of the issues limiting Tahoe City business, Dale said, but the new garage will mostly serve the east end of town.
“I’m all for getting this town going again, but you can’t build where it benefits one area of town and obstructs another,” Dale said.
The Back Country will also be directly affected by the parking structure because one garage entrance is behind the store.
“I’m excited about the parking garage,” said Mike Schwartz, The Back Country store owner. “I am especially happy Placer County has decided to gear the top floor more towards people driving through town. The Marina Mall customers need more parking, but so does everyone else.”