Hospital purchases closed Stateline casino

Lakeside Inn and Casino in Stateline, on Lake Tahoe's South Shore, which initially temporarily closed at the onset of the pandemic last March, closed permanently in April.

Lakeside Inn and Casino in Stateline, on Lake Tahoe's South Shore, which initially temporarily closed at the onset of the pandemic last March, closed permanently in April. Courtesy Photo

 

Barton Healthcare System purchased the Lakeside Inn for $13.3 million according to the Douglas County Recorder’s Office.

The deal for the Stateline casino closed at the outset of the coronavirus outbreak was recorded on May 4.

The purchase will pave the way for removal of an aging property later this year and an environmental remediation of the site, the hospital said in a statement on Thursday. Barton, in partnership with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and other local agencies, will maximize environmental remediation efforts due to the property's size and proximity to the lake. 
The hospital purchased the property to expand its medical campus in Stateline.
“Our Community Health Needs Assessments continue to identify access to care as a top priority for our community,” said Barton Health President and CEO Dr. Clint Purvance. “As we outgrow our South Lake Tahoe campus, expanding services at Stateline not only meets our strategic growth goals, but allows us to increase access to patients on the East Shore.”
Barton’s Stateline Medical Center already provides services including primary and urgent care, outpatient surgery, occupational health, physical therapy and an outpatient lab. Barton recently also opened an outpatient MRI service at Stateline at greatly reduced costs to the community. Barton plans to continue investing in its Stateline Medical Center campus and bringing additional health services—the Lakeside Inn and Casino property will help Barton achieve its goals of expanding access to health and wellness programs to the broader region.

The casino closed as part of the statewide lockdown and never reopened.

The 35-year-old casino announced April 14, 2020, it would not reopen less than a month after the St. Patrick’s Day lockdown. The casino’s 218 employees were left without jobs.

More than $7 million in the casino’s assets went up for auction on March 4-6.

The casino opened as the Lakeside on May 24, 1985, after investors purchased the former Harvey’s Inn.

Harvey’s Resort sold the property saying it was necessary so they could focus on an expansion project. Before the purchase, Harvey’s had invested $800,000 in the property, Record-Courier Publisher Tom Wixon reported at the time.

The casino opened as the Caesars Inn in 1968 before it was purchased by Harvey Gross in 1972. The property was once home to the first airport in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Tahoe Sky Harbor.

The airport opened May 30, 1946, with an air show, The Record-Courier announced on May 17, 1946.

The airport was located just north of the casino near Kahle Drive and opened with a 4,200-foot-long turf runway. It didn’t last long and was closed sometime in the first years of the 1950s.

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