TRPA has five potential areas for office |

TRPA has five potential areas for office

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency staff may know in a couple of weeks where they will be working next spring.

The agency wants to move from the office it rents at Round Hill because it’s too small and its staff of 75 is growing. Its lease at that building ends April 2003.

The agency received five office-lease proposals, three in Nevada, two in California, said Jordan Kahn, assistant agency counsel. The TRPA has a budget of $415,000 for office space and utilities in 2003.

In March, TRPA scrapped plans to build its own office on the Lake Tahoe Community College campus next to a new U.S. Forest Service building under construction. The TRPA Governing Board rejected the project, which would have created 33,000 square feet of office space for itself and the California Tahoe Conservancy, because its finance plan involved issuing public bonds.

“Many were excited to construct a new facility at the community college — that’s not going to happen,” said Juan Palma, executive director at the TRPA.

Palma said staff will review the new proposals, all but one involving leases with options to buy, and make a recommendation to the Governing Board on May 22. Staff hopes to get direction on which proposal to pursue at that time, Kahn said.

The proposals in Nevada include the Lakeview Office Center at 224 Kingsbury Grade, a warehouse on Market Street off Kingsbury Grade and office space at the Round Hill Shopping Center. The proposed spaces in California are at D Street or Third Street.

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or

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