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Frank Sinatra’s former Tahoe resort eyes May 2016 reopening

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The Cal Neva's famed Circle Bar was scheduled to be completely remastered — this rendering shows what it was supposed to look like upon the resort's reopening.

The Cal Neva Resort is now reportedly scheduled to reopen in time for Memorial Day Weekend 2016.

Crews have been renovating the 10-story, 191-key resort at California-Nevada state line at North Lake Tahoe since 2014.

The hotel/casino once owned by Frank Sinatra was expected to reopen to the public this December, but asbestos led to construction delays, according to a report this week from the Sacramento Bee.

"There were unexpected construction problems, with a lot of asbestos," Incline Village resident Kristina Hill, a consultant to project developer Criswell Radovan LLC, told the Bee. "A lot of the utilities had to be replaced. It's an old building."

The new tentative opening date is set for May 26, 2016.

According to Criswell-Radovan, the Cal Neva will offer a refurbished non-smoking casino with table games and slot machines. Further, the Frank Sinatra Showroom will also be restored and upgraded.

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Other plans include a fine dining restaurant with an exhibition kitchen; a casual three-meal restaurant adjacent to the pool, which will also serve a daily breakfast buffet; and a third outpost with a retail component that will transition from a morning bakery/café to a gourmet pizza and wine kitchen in the afternoon.

Las Vegas-based Penta Construction continues to lead project's construction.

According to a previous story, roughly 300 jobs will be created upon the resort's reopening, many of which will be filled by local employees.