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.
The budget for state-funded tourism marketing has been cut by nearly 80 percent, but Alaska’s tourism industry continues to grow. Visitor counts for 2016 aren’t available yet, but in 2015, the state attracted a record 2 million visitors.
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.