PLACER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS’
TAHOE DESIGN DIVISION TO MOVE TO KINGS BEACH LOCATION
The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tues., Sept 8, 2009, approved the purchase of a vacant office building in Kings Beach that will be used to house the Department of Public Works’ Tahoe Design Division (Division). The Division has been housed in a rented office in Truckee, in Nevada County, since 2003. The relocation of the Division to the Tahoe Basin will put it in much closer proximity to where they do their work.
The acquired property, located at 7717 North Lake Blvd., in Kings Beach, is a 0.43 acre parcel with a 3,334 square foot office building. The structure, which was reconstructed in 1989, is well-maintained and contains many features including a built-in front counter, an ice-melt system, an air conditioned computer server room, and a remotely controllable HVAC system. Placer County Property Management has determined that this property would meet the Division's needs for additional office space and allow for more efficient service to east slope communities.
“It’s a very wise investment,” said 5th District Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, who represents the county’s portion of the Tahoe Basin. “This serves the constituents, the county as a whole and the employees of the Department of Public Works.”
In its present Truckee location, the Division’s current annual rent is $62,837. The property sales price is $860,000, which will be paid off in less than 14 years, creating an asset for the county.
“What we’re doing [now] is paying rent on a building we don’t own,” said Sup. Montgomery. “This [purchase] is beneficial on so many levels.”
The building will need minor improvements to meet the needs of the Division. The facility is expected to be ready for county occupancy in spring, 2010.