TRPA approves floor space for Meeks Lumber |

TRPA approves floor space for Meeks Lumber

B.H. Bose

Meeks lumber center could be 1-board foot closer to relocation after receiving commercial floor space from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The TRPA governing board unanimously approved the allocation of 42,844 square feet in commercial floor area for the relocation of Meeks – The Builder’s Choice located in South Lake Tahoe.

The board also allocated 19,630 square feet for the Prim Project, a commercial development needing 32,700 square feet for an office and a public service/retail shopping complex. Prim will include four new and separate buildings, and a new park located just south of the Douglas County Administration Building Complex and east of Lakeside Inn, across U.S. Highway 50.

The TRPA approvals used up the remaining space in its Special Projects Allocation Pool, which means there will be no more commercial construction in the planning area until the pool is refreshed.

As part of a broader plan, officials at Meeks have agreed to move from its current location at 2763 Highway 50 to a site just south of the “Y.” The Meeks relocation will open public access to Lake Tahoe at the old site.

Behind Meeks is a large meadow, which borders a wetlands area.

“If you go down there and stand on the road, you can see that it really is right at the bottom of wetlands,” said Jim Baetge, executive director of TRPA. “The big issue is restoring the area.”

While Meeks received the regional planning agency’s support, the firm still needs financing.

“My understanding is we have enough square feet allocated to do the project as far as the TRPA is concerned,” said Bill Meek, president of Meek’s – The Builder’s Choice. “The other issue, though, is economics. We need to see if we can get the money necessary to see if this all pans out.”

Moving to the new site might have business repercussions but if the funding is there, Meeks will move.

“We are looking forward to working with all the agencies and hopefully soon we will be able to get this thing done,” Meek said.

There are 38 Meeks lumber centers located throughout the West and Midwest. The South Lake Tahoe store was established in the late 1950s.

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