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Artistic rendering of new lodge

Project Benefits

A Remarkable Reinvention Blending History + Innovative Green Design

The goal of the Homewood Mountain Resort Ski Area Master Plan is to revitalize the West Shore with a resort that blends Homewood’s rich historic past while showcasing state-of-the-art environmental redevelopment practices.

By improving the ski area and recreating a community center with shops, walking paths and a hotel, visitors will stay longer, locals will connect more, people will drive less and the West Shore will once again be the vibrant neighborhood it once was.

Community Benefits: Revitalizing a beloved neighborhood and ski area

The new master plan will bring back the community center and update the ski area through the redevelopment of the following elements:

Community Center Amenities for Visitors and Locals

  • Shops for locals and visitors (grocery store, ice cream parlor, hardware store)
  • Summer farmer’s market
  • Public art displays
  • 13 on-site, quality workforce housing units
  • On-site childcare program for employees
  • Walking paths and gathering spaces throughout resort
  • Ice skating pond with outside seating areas for hanging out
  • Summer swimming pool at mid-mountain lodge
  • Community art and education events in partnership with local organizations
  • Amphitheater for summer concerts

Recreational Enhancements for Visitors and Locals

  • Ski area improvements (new lift, lodge improvements, hotel for longer stays)
  • Special rates for local skier passes (20% discount for first five years)
  • Public/private partnership on bike trail to Tahoe City
  • Ice skating rink and swimming pool
  • Boat parking facilities
  • Better skiing experience through cap on weekend and holiday ticket sales

Economy: Boosting jobs and supporting local business

Boosting Local Business and Property Values

  • Balancing day skier facilities with year-round, bed-based destination resort
  • Estimate annual visitor spend in the local community to be between $16 and $20 million1
  • Expect increase in local property values

Creating Jobs

  • Approximately 180 new full-time positions
  • Estimated 500 construction jobs

Support Local tax Base and Business

  • Expect up to a $7 million annual contribution to local public services
  • Creating new lodging options to attract visitors for longer stays
  • Creating an all-season destination resort
  • Offering attractions for regional and local community

1 Based on average occupancy rate of 50% and average daily expenditure as estimated by North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

Environment: Building Tahoe’s greenest resort

Improving Lake Clarity

  • Keeping over 80,000 pounds of harmful sediment from entering Lake Tahoe each year through aggressive erosion control program on the approximately 1,000-acre watershed area of the Homewood Ski Area

Improving Air Quality

  • Replacing inefficient old buildings with highest standards of energy and water efficiency
  • Entire resort designed to highest standard (Gold) of Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Development Program

Improve Forest Health and Reduce Fire Danger

  • Preventing forest fires through fuels management program on 1,000 acres

Alternative Transportation

Implementing robust transportation program to keep guests, employees, and locals out of their cars such as:

  • Dial-a-ride service
  • Shuttle service to local hot spots and airports
  • Water taxi program
  • Offering bikes and electric car rental on-site
  • Creating several miles of trails for walking and biking

 

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