July 2019 Site Activity: Starting mid-July and continuing through August, there will be some construction activity on the project site to remove a deteriorating structure, a condition that had occurred during the winter.
As we continue to evolve the site in balance with the surrounding environment, the revegetation process on the east side is progressing and we anticipate the TRPA will be conducting their inspection in late July. For more information, please see Progress (below).
Since 2018, the owner, planners and architects have continued to meet with the various regulatory agencies to outline a viable project application that addresses the agencies’ considerations and requirements, and is responsive to the community. Included in this effort and as previously shared, on December 18 the project redevelopment team met with NTRPA for a technical review and recertification of the Structure Housing Gaming volume of the existing Cal Neva structure. In April, the project redevelopment team met with the Nevada Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board to extend the property’s gaming license with a one-day operation occurring in early May, 2019.
Cultural Resources Study Completed
- Project Overview & Preservation Recommendations
- Local Heritage Partnerships
In response to the community’s interest in the history of the site and desire to learn more about the plans, the project redevelopment team has submitted the findings from a Cultural Resources Study to include an overview, preservation recommendations, and additional efforts to explore local heritage partnerships.
“In the spirit of preservation, I’m pleased to be in conversations with members of The Cal Neva team at this early stage of the project,” said Bill Watson, Chief Executive and Curator of Thunderbird Lake Tahoe, a non-profit dedicated to saving Lake Tahoe’s art and history
Cabin Removal Completed. Fire Safety Improved. Hydroseeding and Revegetation Applied.
The removal of the Nevada-side cabins has been completed in accordance with TRPA, Washoe County and IVGID requirements. Permanent erosion control measures have been installed, and all disturbed areas have been hydroseeded. The project team has worked closely with fire officials, forestry, landscape and wildlife experts to implement environmental and erosion control safeguards, taking steps to protect the trees, greenery and boulders on the site. In support of the locals, the cabin removal and site revitalization effort has brought jobs directly to local consultants and contractors on both sides of the state line.
The project area will continue to be fenced in to protect the delicate re-seeded areas and ensure project success. The TRPA approved seed mix used at the site is USDA certified noxious weed free and includes:
- Wheatgrass intermediate Oahe
- Wheatgrass slender Revenue
- Brome California Sierra
- Yarrow white
- Ryegrass annual Gulf
“The cabin removal project has provided numerous natural fire breaks and has greatly improved the area’s fire safety,” Mark Regan, Fire Marshal, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District
Project Area – Cabin Removal Completed
those shaded blue have been removed
hydroseeding and revegetation protects the areas where cabins have been removed
The Project Team
The revitalization effort was led by an award-winning team of Tahoe basin experts who are recognized for sustainability and environmental protection efforts in Lake Tahoe. Marlette Environmental Consulting, LLC , Midkiff & Associates, Inc., and Cruz Construction deliver exceptional planning, implementation, and compatibility with Tahoe’s natural environment and communities. Winning multiple TRPA ‘Best in Basin’ awards for Water Quality, Restoration and Erosion Control, this team of local area experts has improved the vitality of The Cal Neva site.
Provide Input & Comments
Thank you to everyone who attended the August 2018 Community Listening Session. It was a great turnout and we appreciated your participation.
As many of you heard from our conversations at the Session, the project planning entails reopening a lodge and casino on this property, similar to previous uses and it will also deliver significant improvements to the water quality, scenic and energy efficiency.
We sincerely welcome your input and ideas as we move forward to create a project that will deliver on a long-standing reputation of utmost quality and caring.
We look forward to connecting back again with our community to share more details as the owner, architects and planners proceed with overall plans for the project.
Thank you again for your input!