At one point both the city of Juneau and University of Alaska Southeast were working on a joint plan to acquire the property but that stalled last year. Both have ambitious plans on how to develop the prime waterfront property on Auke Bay.
Bicknell Construction has been trying to develop the property for years. But previous efforts to rezone the property had been rejected by the city following public opposition from admirers of the wild purple flowers that bloom in late spring.
A $54 million project to add a pair of floating cruise ship berths to Juneau’s downtown waterfront is within months of completion. The project will expand the port’s capacity to accommodate larger vessels. That’s because cruise ships in Alaska are getting bigger.
The Juneau Access Project envisions 50 more miles of road up Lynn Canal to a ferry terminal closer to the road system. It has divided the Juneau community for decades and faces significant opposition from other southeast cities including Haines and Skagway. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker pulled the plug on the $574 million project last month.
The Juneau Assembly heard more than 90 minutes of testimony from dozens of residents including merchants, social workers and homeless people themselves who all agreed on one thing: Juneau has a serious homeless problem. But speakers had radically different viewpoints.
The Haines Borough Assembly will discuss next steps for the borough manager position at a meeting Tuesday night. After firing former manager Bill Seward, the assembly voted to hire Public Facilities Director Brad Ryan as interim manager.