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Heritage Plaza construction to begin this fall

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

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Responding to an outcry about buildings obstructing Lake Tahoe views, construction of Heritage Plaza in Tahoe City will begin at the end of the summer.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District board of directors on Tuesday awarded the bid to begin work on the plaza project between Syd’s Bagelry and Watson Cabin on North Lake Boulevard. Construction will begin after Labor Day with a substantial amount expected to be complete by the end of fall, according to Cindy Gustafson, assistant general manager of TCPUD.

“[The plaza] continues on the improvements made at Commons Beach,” Gustafson said.

Many of the events currently held on Commons Beach are not visible. Heritage Plaza will provide opportunities for smaller events at street level, like wildlife and environmental talks or small performing artist groups, Gustafson said. It will also serve as an additional place for public gatherings, she said.

“It’s another free, clean, family opportunity. Come to the middle of town, look at the lake, picnic, shop. [It’s not] just another empty field. It lends itself to overall beautification of downtown Tahoe City,” said Kelly Atchley, executive administrator with the Tahoe City Downtown Association.

Heritage Plaza will have a graded slope to maximize the view of the lake, as well as a small viewing amphitheater, multiple overlooks, a drinking fountain, more picnic tables, landscaping and permanent fencing to match that of Commons Beach.

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Additionally, the Rotary Club donated $1,500 to incorporate interpretive signage to commemorate key times and key players in the history and development of Tahoe City.

The area is currently maintained by the public utility district and is setup with temporary amenities such as picnic tables, bear-proof garbage cans and fencing.