What’s happening on Ski Run Boulevard
No. 1: New homes under construction
Three new houses are being built at the top of Ski Run Boulevard. Each site – 1460 and 1462 Ski Run Blvd., as well as 3641 Saddle Road – is for an approximately 5,000-square-foot, single-family home being built by McIntyre Enterprises. All three have been pre-sold, according to Robert McIntyre.
In order to build on the South Shore, especially on a grade as steep as the top of Ski Run Boulevard, contractors must be in strict accordance with city and TRPA guidelines.
As McIntyre’s lots were being leveled this fall, Murafi fencing and straw wattles were used in order to prevent erosion and runoff.
For two of the lots, construction will continue through the winter; but on the third, the foundation was not in place in time to allow work to continue past the grading deadline for the Lake Tahoe Basin.
McIntyre said he expects the houses to be finished by midsummer.
The owner of 2 1/2 acres at 1412 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe resident John LaMarca, is looking at developing 14 condominiums on the property. The land is zoned for condos, he said.
No. 2: Ski Run block for sale
An entire block of Ski Run Boulevard is up for sale – between Larch and Birch avenues – giving investors a chance to feel like they’re playing real-life Monopoly. For $5.2 million, one can buy 1132, 1142 and 1144 Ski Run Blvd., along with Rip ‘N Willies ski-rental business and a community well. The buildings also can be purchased separately. The property is listed with Debra Menchel of Re/Max Realty.
No. 3: Hot spot for tubing
Hansen’s Toboggan and Saucer Hill will be open as usual this season. “We’re just waiting for the snow,” said owner Guilliam Nel.
No. 4: Marina gets facelift
New harbor walls, an extended pier and an improved walkway are among the improvements residents and tourists will find at Ski Run Marina under an ambitious $5 million remodeling project over the next five years. See Monday’s Tribune for a complete look at Ski Run Marina.
No. 5: New shopping center at Highway 50
The new Ski Run Shopping Center is under construction at the corner of Ski Run Boulevard and Highway 50. The center is being built between the current shopping center and Chevy’s Fresh Mex Restaurant.
No. 6: Apartments are renovated
Bart’s Tahoe Apartments received a series of inspections between November 2005 and February 2006 resulting in five apartments being condemned and closed because of substandard housing conditions under the multifamily dwelling Inspection ordinance, city building officials said.
Further inspections led to an additional 10 dwelling units being condemned.
The city required that Bart’s owners submit a plan for the rehabilitation of the dwelling units and of the building in general. Plans eventually were submitted, and permits for the work were pulled in January, building officials said.
Dave Walker, principal building inspector for the city of South Lake Tahoe, confirmed the remodeled 15-unit, two-story building is almost finished, with a “couple of small items” yet to correct before the city can certify the building for occupancy. Building officials plan to visit the site today.
No. 7: Home could be a “quartershare”
The owners of the Inn at Heavenly, Jerome Zalinski and Gary Thelander, are in the process of developing one of their two adjacent parcels into a 2,700-square-foot vacation home.
The two men bought the inn from Paul Gardner last year.
The home, being marketed as a “quartershare,” is planned to be finished by Dec. 15, Zalinski said.
The home will have six bedrooms and four bathrooms, and will be maintained by the on-site staff of the inn. Quartershares are being offered for $395,000, although the property can be bought outright or shared by fewer than four parties, said Bob Skinner, Realtor for Chase International.
“(Quartersharing) addresses the way people actually use a second home,” Skinner said.
Once the current project is finished, plans are in the works to build a second vacation home on the other vacant parcel, Zalinski said.
No. 8: A home for college students
The Alder Inn opened its doors to Lake Tahoe Community College students this year. The response hasn’t been as great as had been hoped, but the inn’s owners are optimistic the student housing will catch on.
No. 9: Vacation resort expands
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resorts will be completeing a $20 million addition after the start of the new year, said Jesse Kinder, concierge with the resort. The addition will include 40 new two-bedrooms.
The resort also will change its name from Lake Tahoe Vacation Sunterra Resorts to Lake Tahoe Vacation Diamond Resorts. This change is because of a Diamond Resorts-controlled affiliate’s acquisition of Sunterra in April.
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