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Tahoe City, Kings Beach likely to host government center

Placer County staff will recommend just three properties to the Board of Supervisors next month for the Tahoe-based government center.

The Trading Post property in Tahoe City, S.K. Brown Investments property in Kings Beach and a county-owned parcel in Martis Valley have made the short list of potential sites for the center, intended to consolidate government services like land-use and planning into a county-owned building.

“These are three that we think present the best opportunities based on our evaluation,” said Placer Department of Facility Services Assistant Director Mary Dietrich.

Solicitation for the project began over a year ago when the county received 12 responses, then pared the list down to six properties from Squaw Valley through Tahoe City to Kings Beach. The Martis Valley site was added on later.

Each property has its benefits and limitations, staff have said, and none have stood out as the perfect opportunity. Following four public meetings, county staff removed properties at the entrance to Squaw Valley, west of Tahoe City on Highway 89, on National Avenue in Tahoe Vista and in Kingswood.

Costs for both the Trading Post Center and the S.K. Brown Investments property are still unknown. County staff will look into appraising the properties once the board of supervisors approves the short list, Dietrich said.

Martis Valley would also have its own financial constraints, but the county already owns the property, officials said.

Community members who attended the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting Thursday expressed concerns with the addition of the 15-acre Martis Valley property to the list. They said they were worried that a consolidated government center located on the other side of Brockway Summit would not best serve the county’s constituents.

“The services that the county is looking to house are services for Placer County residents,” said 25-year Tahoe City resident Kelly Atchley. “Moving it out of the area, the preponderance of where the residents live, doesn’t make sense to me. I appreciate that a number of the employees live out of the area … [but] it’s about who you serve, not where your staff lives.”

Some residents also requested that county staff hold additional public workshops specifically for the residents and stakeholders for each of the three remaining properties.

The county continues to narrow down the options based on the ideal center location that would accommodate both employee and patron travels, county officials said.

“Our recommendation to the board is those three properties, focusing on the two in Tahoe City and Kings Beach,” said Laurie Morse, Placer County Department of Facility Services senior project manager for the property management division. “We looked at these two properties as catalysts to economic development in those two areas.”

County staff will recommend a short list of these three properties to the Placer Board of Supervisors at the next Tahoe meeting on either July 23 or 24.

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

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