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Putting the top on the Ritz

With a worker guiding it into place, a crane carefully lowered a small octagonal tower adorned with a pine tree atop the completed frame of the Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe, near Northstar Friday.

The decorative cupola topped out the structure at 125 feet tall, and with a ceremonial flourish, the Ritz-Carlton at Northstar was one symbolic step closer to its completion.

The $300 million luxury hotel broke ground on Northstar’s mid-mountain in 2006, and still looks to be on track for a late-2009 opening.

Once complete, the 405,000-square-foot resort will include 170 hotel rooms, 84 full-ownership residences, and 78 fractional-ownership units.

“Today we topped out the structural steel work ” from now on we are getting the roof on and finishing the interior,” said Walter Wrobleski of East West Partners.

With contractors completing the hotel’s grading and paving by October, Wrobleski said construction will continue year-round to meet the November 2009 goal.

“Now we are switching from the big, heavy construction work to the finish trades,” he said.

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