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Board Holds Ceremonies to Celebrate Two Important Kings Beach Projects

October 25, 2013

The Placer County Board of Supervisors gathered at North Lake Tahoe Monday to celebrate the completion of two important projects: Kings Beach Housing Now and Community House.

The projects are critical building blocks in a drive by Placer County and partner agencies to redevelop key underutilized properties in Kings Beach with projects that help meet high-priority community needs.      

The first stop during Monday’s board meeting was at 204 Chipmunk Street, where board members held a grand opening ceremony for an affordable housing development known as the Kings Beach Housing Now project. Built by Domus Development in partnership with Placer County, the project provides badly needed affordable housing for workers in the Tahoe Basin. It is comprised of 77 apartments on five separate sites. 

“This is another step in the revitalization of Kings Beach and eastern Placer County and shows the County’s commitment to be an involved, present partner,” said Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, North Lake Tahoe’s representative on the Board of Supervisors.

Seventy-five of the apartments are deed-restricted units for low-income residents and the remaining two are for on-site managers.

 ribbon cutting at Kings BEach Housing Now project
On hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Kings Beach Housing Now
project were (L to R) Placer County Executive Officer David Boesch, District 5
Tahoe Representative Steve Kastan, Domus Development's Mea Kang, Clerk
of the Board Ann Holman, Principal Management Analyst Jennifer Merchant,
Deputy Director of Public Works Peter Kraatz, County Counsel Gerald Carden,
5th District Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery and Community Development
Resource Agency Director Michael Johnson.

Domus Development is a California-based development company that specializes in creating and preserving affordable housing and innovative mixed-use infill projects.

The Kings Beach project has won several honors, including a 2011 Best in the Basin Award from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and a 2013 Gold Nugget Award from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

The project has earned a silver rating in the LEED certification system, a nationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The second stop was at 265 Bear St. for a ribbon-cutting and tour of Community House, a new center that will offer a wide range of integrated public services, including professional counseling, informal support groups and enrichment classes. One of its goals is moving families away from crisis toward long-term self-reliance and resilience.

The Community House project was a joint effort by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Placer County, the S.H. Cowell Foundation and three agencies that are housed in the center: the Tahoe Safe Alliance, North Tahoe Family Resource Center and Project MANA.

“It really is the culmination of a lot of people’s visions to make not just Kings Beach, but eastern Placer County a better place to live, a healthier place to live and an easier place to live for those folks who need the services the Community House is going to offer,” Supervisor Montgomery said.

The Board of Supervisors assisted the project by approving a $500,000 grant to help the foundation finance the purchase and renovation of a former motel and residence at the Bear Street site. The grant came from funds Placer County receives from the state under the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

In 2009, Placer County identified a community center committed to providing mental health and other services at North Lake Tahoe as a proposed use of MHSA funds earmarked for capital facility and technology projects. In a 2012 report to the board, the County Health and Human Services Department estimated Community House will serve about 3,000 people annually. 

Earlier this year, the board assisted the Community House project a second time when it approved a proposal from the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association to contribute $400,000 in Tahoe-generated Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue to the project.

County Principal Management Analyst Jennifer Merchant explained the importance of the project in a report to the board.

“The construction of Community House will create co-location of social services through an integrated delivery model to serve the nearby residents of Kings Beach, as well as greater North Lake Tahoe,” she explained, noting the center will house agencies that serve similar clienteles, but have operated out of separate facilities in the past. “The proposed service model not only provides cost savings due to streamlining, it provides an improved level of services.”

Merchant noted that Community House will have space for 20 frontline and program management staff, confidential rooms for counseling and private meetings with community members, small meeting spaces, a family-friendly reception space, and a large community room that will be available to the public.

Placer County has an annual agreement with the Resort Association to pass along TOT revenue collected at North Lake Tahoe for use by the association to fund transportation and infrastructure projects, tourism marketing and visitor information services.

TOT is a surcharge paid by people who rent rooms in hotels, motels and other lodging establishments. Under the association’s TOT agreement with the County, infrastructure expenditures must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.