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Zephyr Point construction ordered to halt

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency issued a stop work order Tuesday on a parking garage being built at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center.

TRPA environmental specialist Brian Judge said soil was being transported from the excavation site to an old parking area near the lake’s shore.

“It’s a lot of loose soil and if we had a storm it could conceivably wash into the lake,” Judge said. “If you have excess soil, it’s supposed to be hauled out of the Tahoe Basin or to an approved site.”

Dorman Leader, center director, did not return phone calls Wednesday. The conference center’s attorney, Jeff Rahbeck, was also unavailable for comment.

Judge said the soil must be removed by Friday.

Once the dirt is gone, work on the garage may resume.

The parking garage is part of a redevelopment project at the Presbyterian center.

According to Pam Drum, TRPA spokeswoman, the project is divided into two phases, with the first portion including the construction of the parking facility and a second application requesting the go-ahead to expand the conference grounds.

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