Progress Continues on Crystal Bay Development

Progress continued this week on revitalizing the Crystal Bay, Nevada, corridor. EKN Tahoe LLC, who purchased the Tahoe Biltmore and encompassing land within this North Lake Tahoe community, met with key safety and environmental officials to ensure the property is transformed by following the regulatory process and is in accordance with all existing approved permits. 

The previously approved Boulder Bay project, tentatively re-named Tahoe Luxury Resort and Residences, will follow the Community Enhancement Program Criteria of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA).

 “We are very sensitive to the community’s interest and our company’s commitment to take the appropriate steps to remain compliant with all existing permits associated with the currently approved Boulder Bay project,” said Ebbie K. Nakhjavani, Founder, CEO, and President of EKN Development, a family owned and operated development company. Nakhjavani is overseeing the project as the manager of EKN Tahoe, LLC. 

The existing TRPA approval allows for 334 units, including the 18 Granite Bay condominiums already built. EKN will examine whether it will build all the remaining units as part of the project. 

“With all its projects, EKN is committed to transparency and active communication with all stakeholders. As with all our destination properties, this project is designed with the community in mind,” said Nakhjavani, who further detailed key aspects of the project. “Our team’s design elements include innovative environmental and energy-saving elements and are focused on supporting sustainable tourism and employee housing needs, all of which will be further detailed as the project unfolds.”

The development’s plans were initially presented to and approved by the TRPA and Washoe County while previously known as Boulder Bay in 2011. Today, EKN Development is moving forward with the project grading and roadway construction following the appropriate steps to remain compliant throughout the implementation period.

To date, the grading Special Use Permit was approved by the Washoe County Board of Adjustments on Feb 3. EKN has also met with the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and additional community officials. 

As dictated by the project approval conditions, a vast majority of the project’s parking will be subterranean. The existing connector road work is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2022. It will not be vacated during construction until replacement roads, approved by all applicable agencies, are available for use. Construction phasing will ensure that connectivity will be maintained during construction in accordance with the approved plans by Washoe County. 

“We will fully comply with all requirements prescribed by the project’s Conditions of Approval including those recently imposed as part of our Special Use Permit,” said Nakhjavani. 

The large asphalt surface parking currently on the site will be demolished and be transformed to include open space, courtyards, landscaped walkways, and a versatile amphitheater.

“The EKN family is honored to undertake the revitalization of the historic corridor to exemplify the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe and celebrate its history through great design,” said Nakhjavani. “These spaces are designed with a natural High Sierra aesthetic that can be experienced and enjoyed by the property’s visitors, guests, and community residents, year-round.” 

EKN remains committed to the future of Crystal Bay and its surrounding communities. They are now a Founding Member of the Incline Village Crystal Bay Community and Business Association and sponsor of the upcoming Incline High School Boosters Crab Feed.