Opinion: I’m fully in support of the Squaw Village redevelopment
July 5, 2016
I support the Village redevelopment at Squaw Valley 100%. I believe in the vision, the team and our community's future.
I have lived here and skied Squaw and Alpine since 1979! I have travelled all over the world and find that returning to the Tahoe area is a gift. It's the best place to live and work and raise our daughter, but completion of the valley's development is yet to come.
I have worked in commercial real estate since 2000 and witnessed very closely IntraWest's development. I understood all too well when Intrawest pulled out after 2/5 phases, that our economy was in a flux.
Our development in Truckee was in the same flux. My husband is a well respected and very successful local developer, having built several beautiful homes in Squaw Valley and over 200,000 square feet of commercial development in Truckee.
We are seeing new growth and a positive influence of bright individuals establishing roots. It is time to complete the vision and prepare for a very bright future.
The current Village redevelopment plan fulfills the original intent and vision for Squaw Valley that goes back to its founding. The Village will include new, energy efficient condos, built to current building standards, with smart features designed to reduce our carbon footprint.
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View sheds will feature well-sited buildings, and areas between buildings will create gathering places for residents and visitors to enjoy music, ice skate, or just visit and network with family and friends.
The two planned neighborhoods will accommodate the needs of those looking for either a lively atmosphere with venues and restaurants, or a quieter one, with underground parking and shuttles to the bottom of the hill. Both are needed, and both contribute to the long-term sustainability of the plan.
I believe the Mountain Adventure Camp is critical to the success of the plan. We have many days throughout the winter where inclement weather may prohibit traditional mountain enjoyment.
I see families in the current village on the days when mountain operations are limited by rain, wind or blizzards. Families want a place to go and recreate with their children, and with grandparents who are no longer skiing.
They want a place to explore, or where they might watch professional athletes, like Julia Mancuso and so many others, train. This type of facility would allow them to try indoor mountain climbing, bowl, enjoy a bite to eat, or simply look out the windows at the awesome views of KT-22.
We need places for families to be together that are not weather dependent. The Mountain Adventure Camp delivers that promise.
Squaw Valley needs to see the balance of the village come to fruition. I urge you to please support the Village redevelopment plan.
Katie Mancuso is a local real estate broker, commercial and residential property owner, and devoted Squaw/Alpine skier, who feels much gratitude to live and work in such a wonderful place.