New Tahoe Resort Embraces American Indian Culture and Sustainable Building Practices
On Tuesday, June 18, 2013 — following years of close environmental examination — the Alpine County board of supervisors voted to approve the final map for the 35-acre Markleeville development project.
“A paragon has been set in how native heritage, health and wellness, technology and environmental sustainability can come together in support of a highly conscience and active community,” Tom Abdoo, project lead, announced today. “We’re inspired by the farm to plate movement, experiential learning centers, applied arts of the American Indians, holistic medicine, and LEED building standards and have made them the core for how Markleeville’s Mahalee Resort development will unfold.”
A feasibility analysis has been prepared for Mahalee Resort by Ragatz Associates, an internationally recognized consulting firm that has conducted over 2,500 studies around the world in the resort industry over the past 40 years. The founder of the firm, Dr. Richard Ragatz, states, “We applaud the vision of Mahalee Resort. Results of our feasibility analysis were very positive, and we feel the development will fill a definite void in the marketplace — being a master-planned destination resort in an idyllic setting with a wealth of year-round on-site and nearby family-oriented amenities and attractions. Mahalee Resort should gain wide recognition as satisfying today’s consumers and users of high quality and unique resort properties.”
The late John Sweeney, founder and former President, Global Resorts, Inc. — a global leader in resort and recreational development — stated in past, “Of all the projects I’ve overseen, both national and international, this project is exemplary of the marriage between environmental responsibility and sensitive and sustainable development.”
Situated on 35 acres of prime real estate, the project is one of the largest, highest quality and unique resort developments to have received such approvals in California. When approved for LEED certification it would be the first all-inclusive LEED certified commercial center, resort lodge and fractional development in the Lake Tahoe area. The approved final map and plans encompass a downtown business epicenter that closely reflects its pioneering heritage, 49 alpine-inspired fractional luxury cabins and a resort lodge, coined “Mahalee” — a name derived from the native Washoe Indian tribe that describes the gathering and processing of acorns that were traded for pine nuts.