Historic Tahoe Community Center to change hands

Margaret Moran

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Ownership of the Tahoe Community Center will transfer from the Tahoe City Public Utility District to Placer County.

On Friday, the TCPUD board of directors approved the change 3-1, with the stipulation the district remains involved in the building’s planning process.

“The county is in the business of owning and operating buildings,” said Dan Wilkins, board president. “(It) has a facilities division. They manage a number of properties, and they have the capacity to manage this building.”

TCPUD has owned the 3,220-square-foot center on Commons Beach at 380 North Lake Blvd. since signing a deed in 1976. Placer County, however, recently provided a legal opinion the building is owned by the county, since it owns Commons Beach.

Both agencies will negotiate details such as who is responsible for maintenance, operations and building expenses in the coming weeks.

The building’s future, however, is unknown, since it needs roughly $584,000 in repairs, not including soft costs.

To help define that future, community input will be collected, and comments may be emailed to Mark Rideout, deputy director of facility services for Placer County, at

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