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Placer County seeks ideas for old Tahoe City Fire Station

The old Tahoe City Firehouse has been vacant for years despite its lake view location. But there is a movement afoot to repurpose the facility, which was shuttered in 2011.

Placer County has resumed efforts to find a new use for the Tahoe City Firehouse and the adjacent Tahoe Community Center structure on Lakeview Boulevard in Tahoe City, near Commons Beach.

"Our goal is to find the best use for the site that will facilitate improvement to Tahoe City's community, environment and economy," said Placer County Tahoe Deputy County Executive Officer Jennifer Merchant in a statement. "We're really excited to work with stakeholders and the community to find the right fit."

The fire station has been vacant since 2011, when the North Tahoe Fire Protection District moved into its current facility at 222 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City. The district stopped using the station, which was built in 1961, because their staff grew too large to use the facility.

Now, the county is seeking input from stakeholders and community members about what they would like to see the facility used.

According to an email from Placer County Public Information Officer Scott Sandow, the county isn't sure if they will remodel the structures or rebuild the site, but they will be considering the long-term financial sustainability of proposals, as well as whether they provide community and economic benefit to the local region.

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The county doesn't have a budget for a project on this site, so any future project would need to be self-financed, Sandow said.

Since the property is zoned mixed-use recreational, proposals can be for a wide range of uses, including employee housing and retail. The space is not zoned for hotels, residential housing, or office space.

There will be a community workshop for members of the public to learn more and offer potential ideas on June 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the old firehouse. A second community workshop is scheduled for July 1 at 10 a.m. in the same location.

Additionally, the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council will also host a presentation and hear public comments on the future of the building at its July 13 meeting at 6 p.m. in the Tahoe City Public Utility District Conference Room.

Amanda Rhoades is a news, environment and business reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at arhoades@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2653. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @akrhoades.