More parking on the way for Tahoe City
Tahoe City business owners are hoping that two projects nearing construction will alleviate a parking crunch that some business say is stifling commerce.
“I definitely think we need more parking,” said Alpenglow Owner Don Fyfe. “There’s no doubt that there’s a parking deficiency in town.”
To meet the needs of business owners and shoppers, the Placer County Redevelopment Agency has approved a three-level parking garage at the Tahoe City Marina, as well as a parking lot at the intersection of Jackpine and Highway 28 as part of the redevelopment plan for Tahoe City.
The Tahoe City Marina garage will provide 138 parking spaces and have three entrances. The garage will have year-round access for both the marina and the surrounding Tahoe City businesses and is expected to be complete by the summer of 2009.
The Jackpine lot will have 40 parking spaces, including six spaces with permeable concrete that allows runoff to filter through the pavement. The project is planned for completion this fall.
“Extra parking is great for that end of town,” said Steve Topol, Blue Agave restaurant and building owner. “But there’s no easy answer to the parking problem. It still leaves this part of town short.”
Placer County approved the use of $300,000 to purchase the land easement for the Tahoe City Marina structure and approved $48,000 to purchase a land coverage allotment from the California Tahoe Conservancy for the Jackpine parking lot.
Additionally the county has worked for increased public parking in Kings Beach. In September 2005, construction was completed providing 20 spots in the Brook Avenue public parking lot. The agency acquired lots on Minnow and Salmon avenues for 50 free parking spaces slated for 2007 construction.
As the county works on commercial and community development and public infrastructure projects, increased parking is expected to enhance business accessibility.
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