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Social Scene: Fiesta celebrates Kings Beach affordable housing project

Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun

From left: Meea Kang hands out raffle tickets as Roger Wittenberg, Alex Mourelatos, Cheri Springer, Brian Helm and Roger Kahn join in the festivities. Dave Ferrari shovels down some roast pig and fixin's.

KINGS BEACH, Calif. and#8212; Patience is a virtue they say. And there were a lot of virtuous people celebrating the long-awaited ground breaking of the landmark Domus affordable housing project in Kings Beach, Monday, Oct. 18. It took more than three years for the lengthy regulatory and environmental approval process to be completed, but the wait was well worth it. The affordable housing project is the first to be built in Lake Tahoeand#8217;s Placer County and was a collaborative effort by Domus Development, the Placer County Redevelopment Agency and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.

The tented ground-breaking fiesta site was on the corner of Deer and Rainbow Streets, in the grid area of Kings Beach, one of the and#8220;scattered sitesand#8221; planned for the building of a total of 77 low income housing units. The daytime celebration started off with Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery speaking, the symbolic ground breaking shovel photo op with all of the Placer County Supes, then more speaking by TRPA executive director Joanne Marchetta who said her organization and#8220;Just couldnand#8217;t turn a blind eye to the needs of the local people,and#8221; and thus worked toward the approval of the project An ebullient Domus Development president Meea Kang spoke, as did Family Resource Center executive director Emilio Vaca. A feast followed, featuring a whole grass fed organic pig grown near Auburn (in Placer County) roasted by the projectand#8217;s architect and planner Joe DeCridicio and served with all the fixinand#8217;s for all to enjoy.

The housing project will also reflect the areaand#8217;s environmental needs. At the Chipmunk Street site, the building construction will include a drainage basin that will capture and filter out an estimated seven tons of sediment a year that now enters Lake Tahoe. All of the new buildings will also have environmental design features and be built to LEED certification standards. The $34 million 77-unit project will result in having substantial benefits for the entire Kings Beach community and#8212; Placer County will upgrade infrastructure by installing new sidewalks, curbs, and water and sewage lines.

Some of the amigos and supporters at the Kings Beach affordable housing fiesta were Ron Treabess, attorney Jim Porter, Breeze Cross, JMAand#8217;s David Tirman, Transportation Management Associationand#8217;s Jan Colyer, Lisa Dobey of Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, Alex Mourelatos, community organizer extraordinaire Theresa May Duggan, Heather Bacon, Roger Wittenberg, Brian Helm, John Falk, Nancy Richards of Sierra Business Council, Dave Ferrari, North Tahoe Business Association executive director Cheri Sprenger, Louise Jensen, Alison Schwedner of Truckee Tahoe Community Collaborative, Pam McCarthy, Sandy Wilson, John Bergman, Duane Whitelaw, John Shuff, Joanne Auerbach and Placer County Executive Officeand#8217;s Tahoe Manager Jennifer Merchant.

and#8212; Vicki may be reached at vickikahn@sbcglobal.net.