The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness has warned that a camping ban targeting the homeless could imperil Juneau’s access to federal grant dollars. This is an issue some Assembly members want addressed before the ordinance goes to a vote on Feb. 13.
Previous attempts by the city’s Docks and Harbors division and university at forging a joint plan stalled last year. But University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield said Monday that the university remains open to compromise.
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.