By Kathryn Reed
The 27-unit Highland Inn next to Applebee’s in South Lake Tahoe is about to be transformed.
When the owners are done it will no longer be a motel, but instead will be a restaurant-bar, spa and gym.
Moe Rahmani, who represents owners the Rahmani Family Trust, was not available for comment.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has already signed off on converting the one residential unit and 27 tourist accommodation units to commercial floor area.
The project goes to the South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission on April 10 for design review and a special use permit.
The plans call for a 3,851-square-foot restaurant and bar; 1,783-square-foot gym; and 3,352-square-foot spa.
The exterior will be remodeled to include changes to the roofline, stonework and wood siding. Fences will be replaced and exterior lighting improved.
The 960-square-feet of retail at the front of the building will be retained.
If this is approved, the next step is to get a building permit. That could take three weeks.
• Planning Commission meets April 10 at 3pm at Lake Tahoe Airport.
• Other agenda items include final map review to subdivide existing 15-unit mobile home park at 1025 Shepherds Trail; and to grandfather in the sign for Heidi’s restaurant.