Placer narrows Tahoe center choice to 3 sites |

Placer narrows Tahoe center choice to 3 sites

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

The Placer County board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to pare down a list of possible locations to host a Tahoe-based government center from six to three sites.

The Trading Post Center in Tahoe City, the B.B. LLC Properties in downtown Kings Beach and Lot 1 of the Joerger Ranch subdivision in Martis Valley are the three finalists for the public building.

“Currently operations are dispersed throughout the Tahoe Basin and in leased facilities,” said Mary Dietrich, Placer County’s assistant director of facility services.

County staff is working to find an appropriate location for a 24,000 square-foot county-owned building to combine general government functions like environmental health, the chief executive office, public works department and the assessor in a single place for the convenience of both patrons and county employees, Dietrich said.

Six properties from Squaw Valley through Tahoe City to Kings Beach were originally considered for the development.

But the board voted in April to eliminate a site in Kingswood and asked county staff to look at a county-owned property in Martis Valley.

The proposed Tahoe center now has come before the public 11 times, with the community expressing the most support for a Tahoe City or Kings Beach location to help with downtown revitalization and to keep the center within the basin, Dietrich said.

Following further evaluation of benefits, drawbacks and cost, county staff will likely recommend a single property by the end of the year, Dietrich said.