Edgewood Lodge wants to be driver in high-end market


By Kathryn Reed

STATELINE – With a history in Lake Tahoe that dates to 1896, the Park family’s Edgewood Companies is poised to build the first high-end lodging establishment on the South Shore.

Thursday marked the final day people could comment on the draft environmental impact statement for the Edgewood Lodge. Testimony was taken during the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board meeting, to which only people in support of the 154-room hotel spoke. There will also be 10 fourplexes, or casitas.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe had submitted a letter on June 27 praising the environmental improvements that would accompany the project if it were to be permitted. But the League does have concerns.

Edgewood Companies expects the TRPA Governing Board to vote on the lodge project in September.

The letter says, “… the League remains concerned with the expansion of the urban boundary that was necessary on recreation land to allow development such as the proposed project.”

Lew Feldman, the attorney representing Edgewood, told the Governing Board there would be no impact to the urban boundary.

“We absolutely disagree it is a legal issue,” Feldman said.

It’s possible the final EIS will be released in late July, with the Governing Board taking action in September. If the green light is given, Edgewood Companies could start by rerouting hole 9 on the golf course and working on the other affected holes.

The hotel will take two construction seasons, so the earliest anyone could book a room is fall 2015.

Patrick Rhamey, vice president of real estate for Edgewood Companies, told Lake Tahoe News the other factor is obtaining financing and making sure the economy is ready for what his company wants to deliver.

For the area, it is expected to bring in $24 million a year to the local economy from what guests spend, $1.7 million a year in sales tax, and $2 million annually in hotel tax.

“I hope this becomes the model for our community as we go forward,” Carol Chaplin with Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority told the board.

She said NBC is ready to highlight the project during the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship that is at Edgewood Tahoe each July.

Bill Chernock, who used to have the job Chaplin has but is now head of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority, said, “The hole in Tahoe’s tourism product is the lack of high-end lodging. It’s what separates Tahoe from the Aspens, Montereys and La Jollas of the world.”

Gone will be the parking lot with a view of Lake Tahoe.

“I call it the world’s most scenic parking lot. It needs to go,” Rhamey said at the June 28 meeting.

At the lodge will be parking. Plus, there will be a few spaces for day use.

Of all the thresholds TRPA deals with, noise is the only one this project will not address.

Environmental gains include stopping a half million pounds of sediment from reaching Lake Tahoe and stopping fertilization on 24 acres of turf. Edgewood Creek will flow into Lake Tahoe naturally, not via a pipe. This will improve the fish habitat. It’s estimated the amount of nitrogen reaching the lake will decrease by 13 percent and phosphorous by 26 percent. Those two elements contribute greatly to the loss of clarity.

The beach at this Stateline property will be open to the public – which it isn’t now. No retail, other than sundries for guests, is planned. A spa, though, will be on site.

Expansion of the current clubhouse is also in the works.

 

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  1. Steven says - Posted: June 29, 2012

    How will the public access the beach?

  2. JoAnn Conner says - Posted: June 29, 2012

    This is an “ah ha!” moment – where the public should clearly see that the Loop Road project and the destruction of all those busineeses and homes is geared to direct the traffic to Edgewood and their facilities.

  3. tahoeadvocate says - Posted: June 29, 2012

    If I remember prior information, the public access to the beach is limited to only a few hundred people. Does that include the guests from the hotel?

  4. Tin Foil Hats says - Posted: June 29, 2012

    Exactly, JoAnn! Despite the fact that this project is decades in the making and was identified in the 1980 bi-state Compact as a critical project for the future of the South Shore, this is all one big conspiracy by Edgewood! It’s like how Barack Obama’s family put birth announcements in the Hawaiian newspapers back in 1960 (despite the fact that Barack was born in Kenya) so that one day he could lead a “socialist” takeover of America.

    Oh yeah, and Tupac and Biggie and living together in a cabin on the North Shore. Elvis is their property manager.

  5. 30yrlocal says - Posted: June 29, 2012

    I think this is a great project and will benefit our whole town, not just those at the golf course end.

    Only question I have is, where does the parking go that is next to the clubhouse? People will park on their property at Horizon and walk/be shuttled in to go to dinner, golf, etc?

  6. Chief Slowroller says - Posted: June 29, 2012

    why don’t they build good housing for their Mexican employees

    instead of making them live a run down motel in the Crack & Herion neighborhood
    at statline

    they used to live in a run down motel on Ski Run Blvd.

  7. JoAnn Conner says - Posted: June 29, 2012

    Tin Foil Hats – have you been following any of the dialogue or reports on this? Not so far fetched if you have.

  8. whitt33 says - Posted: June 29, 2012

    I have seen for many decades the deplorable housing conditions available here in South Lake Tahoe for low income workers. The poverty level in the city of South Lake Tahoe is twice the national average. I have personally seen too many families of the hispanic community living in unsanitary housing. Employee housing and affordable housing projects are hard to build without money subsidized by the city, state and federal government. There isn’t an appetite to fight for money for affordable housing at the State level or the local level. Look at the Loop Road protestors. A few people are making loud noises and are getting a lot of attention from local government officials. The squeeky wheel gets the grease. The poor are not able to be represented by a strong lobby in this town or in this state. Most remain quiet out of fear of landlord retribution and citizen status. As long as there are people who speak up and take action there is hope. But for now, hope is all these people have.

  9. Chief Slowroller says - Posted: June 29, 2012

    yo Whitt the Edgewood owns the run down motel

    they owned the one on Ski Run also

    it looks like a Mexican Village

    it is the year round crew that live there and are raising family’s

    the High and Mighty should take better care of there people

  10. dumbfounded says - Posted: June 30, 2012

    “…the first high-end lodging…” I think that there may be some who would disagree with that. There are some fine lodging choices here in Tahoe.

  11. Jchese says - Posted: June 30, 2012

    @ 30 year local- the parking issue is not a problem there will be an underground parking garage next to the club house

  12. mike mulligan says - Posted: July 4, 2012

    This will be a great asset to the the community.