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Garage will be answer toTahoe City parking needs

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Tahoe City will answer part of its parking deficit in 2008 with more than 130 spaces in a three-level parking garage.

“The goal is to attempt to make the parking structure as invisible as possible,” said Brian Stewart, senior civil engineer for Placer County’s Department of Public Works.

The North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council hosted a meeting Thursday for Placer County and associated partners to present on the size and design of the Tahoe City Marina parking garage.

The largest parking structure planned for the California side of the North Shore boasts 135 spaces across three levels with individual access ramps. The garage will be constructed near the Tahoe City Marina as part of the five-year redevelopment plan adopted by the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

The garage will replace the 40 parking spots on the site, with a net gain of more than 90 spaces, according to Jeff Warner, architect with WRNS Studio in San Francisco, who is designing the project.

The Placer County Planning Commission and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approved the Tahoe City Marina expansion project and master plan on Feb. 23 and March 24, 2005.

The structure itself will cost approximately $8 million, according to Warner.

Located behind Wolfdale’s, O’Neals and The Back Country, the garage will be adjoined to the marina. The spaces will be free of charge and available to the public on a first come, first serve basis. No spots will be allocated for any particular business.

WRNS Studio has designed more than 40 other structures in communities similar to Tahoe City with design challenges such as height restrictions and environmental concerns. The architects have designed the parking structure over the last few months in an effort to reduce the visual effects, such as simulating granite, according to Stewart.

“We’re trying to design a structure that is better than what was entitled in the Tahoe City Master Plan environmental document,” Stewart said.

The structure height has already been reduced almost five feet compared to the building approved in the environmental documents, Warner said.

And the architects continue to shave off edges and reduce heights where possible, according to Stewart.

Additionally, the building is set low enough that drivers can see only the elevator and not the structure from the road.

Placer County Redevelopment Agency owns the project and will be responsible for maintenance. When the agency expires in 2038, the property will be turned over to the county.

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