The fate of Tahoe City’s firehouse was under discussion at the July 11 North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council (NTRAC) meeting. Placer County hired Hunden Strategic Partners to conduct a feasibility study to determine the most appropriate use for the Tahoe City Firehouse Properties redevelopment. Two proposals are being analyzed for possible redevelopment – Siren Arts at Tahoe City, proposing a multi-use community space centered around local arts and culture, and The Commonwell Project, which aims to host a marketplace, community pool, and waterfront amphitheater.

Currently, Commonwell shows a financial gap of $9.7 million; Siren Arts’ is $20.8 million Both proposing groups will be given a chance to prove out their abilities to develop, including sharing funding and/or donor commitments (or cost reductions). Municipal Advisory Council members expressed concern that whichever proposal is selected, if either, the space needs to be for the benefit of Tahoe City residents.

Public comment during the NTRAC meeting showed support for Siren Arts, for a community-driven option in general, and for creating open space as opposed to moving forward with either proposed project.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors will hear the same presentation on July 23 at 9 a.m., and it will again be informational only; no votes will be taken. A final decision will be made in 2020. A full agenda is available online. Public comment is expected to take place immediately after the presentation.