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Kings Beach redevelopment to begin in ’08

Kara Fox
Sierra Sun

Sun file photoGetting rid of blight in Kings Beach, like this run-down gas station on North Lake Boulevard, shown in 2004, is one goal of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project spearheaded by Placer County. The redevelopment is set to begin in 2008, county officials say.

The long-awaited redevelopment of Kings Beach is moving ahead, with construction slated to begin in 2008, according to Placer County officials.

The $30 million project looks to get rid of blight, add and upgrade sidewalks, lighting, bicycle lanes, crosswalks, landscaping, additional parking and better drainage.

Roadways will also be changed with the instillation of traffic signals or roundabouts, as well as creating more parking lots.

The Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project is geared toward enhancing the overall appearance of the commercial area of Kings Beach from Chipmunk Street to State Highway 267, according to the five-year plan by the Placer County Redevelopment Agency in April.

The redevelopment agency has pledged $6 million toward the project, with the rest being funded by bonds.

The project will “change the entire look and feel of Kings Beach,” Rae James, deputy director for the Placer County Redevelopment Agency, has said.

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A draft environmental impact report of the project is set to be released Nov. 6, with a 45-day review period ending Dec. 22. The Placer County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the project Feb. 23, at which time the county will send out request for proposals to construct the project.

Construction will begin in 2008, and continue until 2010, said Peter Kraatz, deputy director of Public Works for Placer County.

During the public review process, Kraatz said the public will have multiple opportunities to provide input.

“We want to glean public input and for the public to steer us in a specific alternative,” Kraatz said. “We want to glean where people are at.”

Pam Jahnke, executive director of the North Tahoe Business Association, said the organization will sponsor meetings for business and property owners to provide input.

“We want to help build consensus for one of the alternatives,” Jahnke said. “As soon as that document comes out we can look at specifics.”