Roseville, CA — Placer County Board of Supervisors today announced their intention to approve the proposed Development Plan for Squaw Valley, which will add to the resort property more than 10,000 bedrooms in multiple 100-foot-tall buildings, a gondola connection to Alpine Meadows through Granite Chief Wilderness Area and a Dubai-style indoor water park. The announcement follows the offer of resort developer KSL to house and care for all Placer County homeless, free of charge and in perpetuity, in the new upscale resort accommodations.
KSL spokesperson and Squaw Valley Resort CEO Andy Wirth eagerly described the terms, stating that it has been the intention of KSL to develop the property into whatever was most needed in the community.
“We’re all about doing what is right for Placer County and the entire Tahoe region,” said a smiling Wirth. “I wish to thank the Placer County Board of Supervisors for recognizing this amazing opportunity to pay it forward.” Wirth, himself a mere blip on the investor balance sheet from being homeless, can relate to those who have experienced challenges in providing for their families in this unstable economic time. “Nobody wakes up in the morning wishing they were homeless. KSL welcomes the opportunity to provide permanent homes to all of those without.”
Elevating the expression of gratitude for a history of demonstrated corporate success, KSL wishes to include a daily nutrition program. Previously homeless guests will be invited to dine in any of the on-site restaurants, free of charge. Should they prefer to have meals delivered to their door, all they need do is dial and order their desired breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.
Understanding that the underlying cause of homelessness is sometimes more than simply bad fortune, KSL intends to provide substance abuse and mental health services, including 100 dedicated detox beds and 51/50 medical services and facilities.
“We wish to address all of the underlying needs of our guests,” continued Wirth. “Whatever they require or desire, from methadone programs to child care, we want to meet the needs of our community. Social workers and life skill training will also be provided. It’s important to address the challenges of guests, whatever they may be.”
Wirth was quick to add that pets are also welcome. “When someone comes in off the streets they should not be asked to leave their pets behind.” Cats, dogs, bunnies and well-behaved pet rats are welcome. Veterinary services and other animal necessities such as bedding, food and chew toys will be provided.
Land use advocacy watchdog Mountain Area Preservation (MAP) applaud the offer, which it feels will address a number of negative impacts the growth might create. MAP spokesperson Stefanie Olivieri indicated her approval of KSL’s outpouring of support to those less fortunate.
“I’m so deeply touched by the care and love being extended to our homeless community by KSL.” Olivieri went on to add that one of the methods KSL is brilliantly mitigating a potential impact of such sizeable expansion is by providing housing to a population who don’t own cars. “This will diminish increased traffic congestion. That’s important to me because increased traffic would have driven right past my house.”
“How could we not agree to approve this beautiful resort upgrade when KSL was so thoughtful to address the true needs of our community?” commented Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “The generosity of KSL is unprecedented.”