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Boulder Bay planners reduce building height

Annie Flanzraich
Sierra Sun
Courtesy Boulder BayThis image shows the proposed changes to the Biltmore property and the view driving into Crystal Bay from Kings Beach.
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CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. ” Boulder Bay project officials announced new plans Tuesday that eliminate timeshares, reduce the average size of the condominiums and reduce the maximum height of the project by nine feet.

The removal of the timeshares is a direct result of community input and a result of talking to local Realtors and business owners, said project manager Brian Helm.

“We have a real resource and wealth of real estate knowledge here,” Helm said. “We got a lot of great feedback and took that to heart and removed the timeshares.”

Boulder Bay’s Environmental Impact Study is still being processed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The development would replace the current Biltmore Casino property and change attractions to attract a wealthier clientele.

The project Boulder Bay is presenting resembles an alternative proposed in its July 2008 scoping document, this time with variations.

In the 2008 document Alternative B proposed 270 to 300 hotel rooms, 20 to 40 timeshares and 50 to 60 condominiums. Boulder Bay’s latest preferred project includes 300 hotel rooms, 59 condominiums and no timeshares.

The new details also show a decrease in retail and dining space, decrease in meeting and spa space and an increase in the area for a public park, which comes from a decrease building space used for timeshares. The increase in public park space also comes with the creation of a park across the street on top of a storm water detention treatment center.

While the current project decreases the space allotted for the spa and meeting areas, it increases the amount of area for meeting spaces to about 20,000 square feet, up from about 12,500 proposed in the original application.

“They’re going in the right direction ” down,” said Ann Nichols, president of the North Tahoe Preservation Alliance, which has been a vocal critic of the project. “But it’s still too big.”

The project’s showroom also includes details about Boulder Bay’s environmental adaptations that are proposed to make it a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver building. These features include porous pavement, green roofs, bio retention systems and Best Management Practices designed to handle 75 percent of a 100 year one hour storm.

“We’re taking a dense urban area and trying to make it behave more like Mother Nature,” Helm said.

The project’s EIS is schedule to be released for public viewing mid-July, Helm said.

Boulder Bay will hold three open houses for community input on the project: 5 to 7 p.m. on June 8 at the North Tahoe Events Center in Kings Beach; 5 to 7 p.m. June 9 at the Boulder Bay offices in Crystal Bay; and 5 to 7 p.m. June 10 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center in Incline Village.

Project details released Tuesday came with the opening of a project showroom at Boulder Bay headquarters on State Route 28 in Crystal Bay.

The showroom is across the street from the proposed site for the hotel, spa, retail, dining and condominiums located on the Tahoe Biltmore and former Tahoe Mariner sites in Crystal Bay. Tours of the showroom will be available by appointment by calling (775) 313-6903.


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