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Future of old Tahoe City fire station undecided

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

TAHOE CITY, calif. — After several years, plans for the former North Tahoe Fire Protection District station in downtown are still unknown.

“There’s no great use or plans at this time for the building,” said Mark Rideout, deputy director of facility services of parks, museums and property management for Placer County.

The 5,400-square-foot, two-floor building off Highway 28 near the “Wye” is being used for training by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and storage of snowcats for Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue and a portable generator for the old Customs House, which houses Placer County offices, Rideout said.

The county — which took over ownership in June 2013 from NTFPD — receives no revenue from those interim uses, since they fall under public use, he said.

In fall 2011, four options for the property were introduced to the public: a small plaza, estimated at $4-6 million; an expanded community center, estimated at $7-8 million; small Tahoe interpretive centers, estimated at $11-13 million; or a four-story interpretive and interactive Tahoe museum and visitor center, estimated at $23-25 million, according to previous reports.

All four plans called for demolition of the station.

None of those options are moving forward at this time, Rideout said.

“They were really costly, and it wasn’t clear what the best option was,” he said.

Repairs to the station ranging from accessibility to heating and plumping improvements are estimated to cost $820,000, but might not be “cost effective,” Rideout said.

Moving forward, the county will see how other Tahoe City planning processes unfold, including the Tahoe Basin Community Plan Update, which will provide direction on future land use decisions for Placer County’s stake at Lake Tahoe, Rideout said.

The station was built in 1961, and was vacated by NTFPD in July 2012 when it relocated to the newly completed Station 51 on Fairway Drive.