Visitor center now compliant with disabled law |

Visitor center now compliant with disabled law

Susan Wood

After being warned of eviction by building officials, a site that welcomes visitors to the South Shore met city and federal building codes to make the facility safer and more user-friendly.

The center, located at 3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd., was home to mice and water damage. The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority made improvements on the roof and installed a restroom compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The LTVA was told to make the improvements by June 7 or face eviction, inspectors said in a letter.

City Building Official Ron Ticknor confirmed Monday the LTVA complied with the inspection rules.

“Everything is resolved,” Ticknor said.

The LTVA recently took over the building in a merging of the two area Chambers of Commerce. The building once housed the now-defunct South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, and years ago served as the jail.

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This week, the structure will receive cosmetic changes to the interior such as new paint and flooring.

The LTVA invested about $15,000 for the total job, Executive Director Patrick Kaler reported.

The issue began with the tourism agency asking building inspectors to ensure the structure was ADA compliant.

Ticknor said the city doesn’t track non-complying buildings – only compliance in new construction.

What is the ADA?

The Americans With Disabilities Act is a federal civil rights law designed to prevent discrimination and enable individuals with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society.

Source: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission