Tahoe casino onced owned by Frank Sinatra to undergo big facelift

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CRYSTAL BAY (AP) - A north Lake Tahoe resort once owned by Frank Sinatra is moving ahead with plans for a major facelift.

Owners say the 50-plus-million (m) dollar project to upgrade the
Cal Neva Resort Spa and Casino is designed to help it better
compete against nearby resorts.

Plans call for replacement of elevators and lighting systems;
upgrades of water, sewer and fire protection systems; and
replacement of 30 cottages with 42 new units.

Owners want to use darker, earth-tone colors and natural
materials in the hotel tower and other buildings in an effort to
blend them into the environment.

The present resort straddling the California-Nevada line was
built in 1937, when a fire destroyed the original lodge that opened
in 1926.

When it was owned by Sinatra from 1960 to 1963, the Cal Neva was a top resort that drew Hollywood stars, including Marilyn Monroe,
Peter Lawford, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior.

The current owner, Namwest L-L-C, purchased the resort from
Charles Bluth in 2005.

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