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Trailer park’s future unknown

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Ron Shadle wants to continue his retirement years at his Tahoe Shores trailer at the end of Kahle Drive, the only home his 7-year-old dog Bart has ever known.

The former fleet mechanic at Harveys Resort Casino has set up a comfortable little abode, with a sundeck, flowers and a small, green yard.

Then, there’s location, location, location.

The 155-unit trailer park boasts one of the best views for fireworks displays over Lake Tahoe.

Like other residents, Shadle pays $600 a month to rent the lot. The amount rises $50 a year, he said. By Tahoe standards, this is affordable housing and considered a rarity in this area.

But Shadle’s future has remained uncertain since February, when Tahoe Shores Ltd. sold the 17 acres surrounding his trailer for $12.6 million. The residents are nervous about what the new owner plans to do with the two prime parcels.

The new owner is South Shores Tahoe LLC, under the direction of Robert Mecay of Incline Village. Mecay is out of the country.

San Diego-based property manager Michael Gelfand has been fielding the concerns, some as recent as Tuesday night.

Gelfand, speaking on behalf of the new owners, said no solid plans are in place for the lakeside site.

No plans have been submitted to the Douglas County Planning and Building departments.

“The new owners are trying to figure out what to do with the property. We’re not leaving out any possibilities,” Gelfand said. “When you buy something like that, you look at the alternatives until you figure something out.”

Gelfand sympathized with the renters, offering a hint of one option — closure of the mobile home park.

“They’ve been receiving rent amazingly low considering the paradise they’re living in, and the property is not generating the income it should. That puts a lot of pressure on the owners,” he said.

Gelfand said conservancy groups have expressed interest but declined to say who.

A representative from the American Lands Conservancy is unaware of any interest in the Tahoe property at this time.

One factor is the environmentally sensitive area — a streambed with a high water table.

Rochelle Nason of the League to Save Lake Tahoe said she would be surprised if the mobile home park remained.

“We’d like to see the area restored, but we don’t think that’s likely,” Nason said.

— Susan Wood can be reached at 530-542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com.


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