The next generation of Lake Tahoe has Arrived
A Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
The once-famed Tahoe Biltmore has fallen into disrepair, creating negative environmental and economic impacts that have contributed to the erosion of the iconic Tahoe scenic corridor, diminished Lake Tahoe’s water quality, and reduced the region’s economic vitality.
Today, EKN Development presents a vision that will revitalize the Crystal Bay area. A vision that is in conformance with the existing approvals of the active TRPA permit for the site’s redevelopment while increasing community-focused amenities, decreasing the total number of hotel units, and drastically reducing the environmental impacts of the current Tahoe Biltmore.
We invite you to explore our vision and ask for your support in our effort to bring a long-awaited revitalization to Crystal Bay and the surrounding communities.
PROPOSED PROJECT FACTS
A FUNDAMENTAL SHIFT
Our vision for revitalizing the Crystal Bay area represents a fundamental shift in the role redevelopment plays in restoring Lake Tahoe, the power of human-centric architecture, and the belief that a resort cannot thrive without community support.
DECREASED UNIT COUNT
Currently approved to build 334 units, we intend to build only 177 units, which is a 47% decrease in units. This reduction in density allows additional space for amenities to support the level of service necessary to achieve the desired resort experience.
*Includes the 18 units in Boulder Bay phase 1 already completed.
INCREASED COMMUNITY SPACE
Our vision for the resort places an increased focus on creating community spaces. With increased public access, the community is welcome to enjoy a new lakeview bar and restaurant, a poolside grill, a world-class spa, and the new GROVE…a space for community gatherings, local events, or just a lovely setting to connect with family and friends.
Our vision for retail design is all about connecting the community with the resort. We took the single-sided storefronts facing HWY 28 and modified them to be double-sided, with their primary attention focused on the GROVE, creating a village-style vibe for all to gather.
The approved project reported a 10,000-mile decrease in vehicle travel when compared to the existing Tahoe Biltmore. Our revised plan calls for a reduction of 167 units, which it’s safe to say will result in even fewer vehicle miles traveled.
IMPROVED SHUTTLE & TRANSIT
The resort will offer shuttle services for all of our guests, eliminating the need for them to use their vehicles while in town to access the area’s most popular destinations, ski resorts, and beaches. Shuttle services will also be provided to our employees. We will also have onsite transit stops for the public and actively participate in local transit initiatives.
INCREASED ONSITE SERVICES & AMENITIES
The revised plan has significantly increased services and amenities to our guests, which will promote the onsite experience and decrease the need for guests to constantly leave the property for these experiences.
A LONG-AWAITED REVITALIZATION
The Revitalize Tahoe Biltmore project, originally named Boulder Bay, was fully approved by the TRPA in 2011. EKN Development Group purchased the project with an active permit in the fall of 2021 and conducted a detailed review of the long-awaited revitalization plan for the site. After assessing current hospitality and tourism trends, consulting with world-renowned architects, and meeting with over a thousand community members, the visionary team at EKN discovered opportunities to improve the design and programming of the resort. While maintaining the conditions of the TRPA approval, the refined plan decreases the environmental impact of the current Tahoe Biltmore while embracing the community and improving the guest experience.
TRPA Approves Project – 2011
Boulder Bay Groundbreaking – 2015
EKN Purchase – Sept. 2021
Biltmore Closes – April 30th, 2022
EKN Gains Possession – May 1, 2022
Sitework – Summer, 2022
TRPA Submittal – October 14, 2022
PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE
Demolition – Spring 2023
Sitework – May 1, 2023
Vertical Construction – May, 2024
Completion – Late 2027
Since EKN Development purchased the Tahoe Biltmore Project, it promised the community that it would be 100% transparent and informative with its plans. As a result, on October 14, 2022, EKN filed a Plan Revision (PR) to the approved Boulder Bay CEP Project (Approved Project). The Plan Revision was carefully submitted within the Approved Project components with a focus on reducing the number of units, improving amenities, and a design to fit current and future hospitality trends.
Listed below are the actual documents submitted to TRPA as well as the TRPA’s project approval press release. If at any time these documents change or additional documents become part of the submittal, we will upload them to this website immediately.