TRPA will move to Kingsbury Grade |

TRPA will move to Kingsbury Grade

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will move from its Round Hill office to a warehouse on Kingsbury Grade.

The new home of the TRPA will be at 128 Market St., in 20,000 square feet of the warehouse’s 50,000 square feet of space. It expects to use 92 of 139 parking spaces available at the building. The agency is still negotiating terms of the lease.

The TRPA Governing Board is expected to approve its staff’s decision to move to Kingsbury Grade when it meets Wednesday.

Work on the inside and outside of the building is expected to be complete when the agency begins the move on March 1. Its lease at Round Hill provides the TRPA 13,000 square feet of space and about 45 parking spaces. The lease expires at the end of April.

The new building is expected to have multiple conference rooms and be able to accommodate the South Shore meetings of its Governing Board and Advisory Planning Commission. There will also be enough room to store TRPA boats and files at the site.

“We’re all very happy to be moving into a new home that has a lot more space,” said Jill Keller, agency spokeswoman. “We’re hoping this site is easy for the public to access.”

The TRPA, which employs about 80 people, has been bursting from its office for a while. Last spring, to avoid signing a new lease, the agency drew up a proposal to build its own office on the campus of Lake Tahoe Community College.

That plan was rejected after several members of the Governing Board rejected a plan to finance construction of the building with public bonds. The board members were concerned about the possibility of being held liable for the debt if the agency is ever disbanded by the legislatures of California and Nevada.

“The college site is not a dead deal,” Keller said. “We’re still looking into the site as possibility for the future.”

In other action Wednesday, the Governing Board is expected to:

n approve plans for El Dorado County to construct a 40-bed juvenile hall off Johnson Boulevard next to the jail.

n Hold a public hearing and vote on whether to change the plan area at Fallen Leaf Lake, a body of water several miles west of South Lake Tahoe. The change would eliminate tourist accommodation units from the plan. TRPA staff says the tourist units are no longer needed because Fallen Leaf Lodge, the only building that rented rooms to the public, no longer does so. In the 1970s, the lodge contained 41 units used by tourists. According to a staff report, through a series of events, the agency has allowed the building to be subdivided and converted into residential units.

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