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Workers hit the Jack Pot

Michael Schneider

The Jack Pot Inn and the Serra Lodge along Lake Tahoe Boulevard are coming down and the Blue Lake Motel is soon to follow.

After purchasing the run down motels and relocating their tenants, the city’s Redevelopment Agency is now demolishing them.

“As a continued part of our redevelopment program, we try to eliminate blighted, economically obsolete properties and make those sites available for environmentally sensitive, economically viable projects,” City Manager Kerry Miller said.

The immediate plan for the Serra and Jack Pot properties, part of the Pioneer Triangle, is to leave them as open space. Eventually the properties may become new, more rustic-looking lodging facilities.

The motels were torn down so the city could eventually replace them without adding to the total number of motel rooms, according to Bill Von Klug, redevelopment consultant for the city.

The Blue Lake, which is currently still standing, will give way to additional parking for the Ski Run Marina.

The total cost for the agency to remove the buildings is $203,000, including inspection and consulting fees. This doesn’t include the $100,000 used to relocate the permanent tenants nor the original millions of dollars needed to acquire the properties.

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