Health spa, retail planned for Biltmore site
Sun News Service
INCLINE VILLAGE ” Developers of the Tahoe Biltmore presented plans for a full-service resort at a community meeting in Kings Beach last week.
A hotel, spa, gaming facilities, condominiums, health and wellness center, retail and restaurants were part of the plan Boulder Bay LLC presented for the 4-acre site.
Boulder Bay, a venture of International Supply Consortium, Shoreline Capital and Scott Cos., bought the property in late June for an undisclosed price.
The project that emerges on the site will steer away from gaming and focus more on a pedestrian mountain village with plentiful dining and retail opportunities, said Roger Wittenberg of International Supply Consortium.
“Gaming used to be an engine here, but the world changes and it doesn’t have the same horse power,” Wittenberg said.
Under the Community Enhancement Program, about 180,000 square feet of available commercial floor area, 172 tourist accommodation bonus units and about 850 multi-residential bonus units are available for selected projects. The CEP was created with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Pathways process.
“We’re trying to get the developed parts of our community up to par,” said John Singlaub, TRPA executive director.
Seven projects were presented at Wednesday’s meeting in Kings Beach including five for the redevelopment of Kings Beach, one for Homewood and the last was the Biltmore project.
Projects for the community enhancement program will be selected based on their ability to create or enhance mixed-use Community Centers, create a multi-modal transit future, promote gathering places and economic centers, promote projects that improve the environment, and enhance redevelopment.
Wittenberg said Boulder Bay’s plans meet all of those goals. To promote multi-modal transit the site will include a pedestrian corridor, transit pick-up locations and reduce parking by 45 percent. The project will also reduce the amount of sediments entering the lake by addressing erosion.
The developers are asking to build to 75 feet, almost the current height of the Biltmore, but move the high buildings to different areas of the property.
The project will cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” and probably will not be completed for years, Wittenberg said.
“It’s a big project, but how many opportunities do yo have to take a disturbed area and completely rebuild it?” Wittenberg asked.
Incline Resident Ken Ray said the project looked like a positive improvement.
“I think its a good step for the community,” Ray said. “Gaming isn’t as big of a draw and people come to the lake for different reasons. We have to have something more there.”
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