The 32-unit Housing First apartments built to house Juneau’s most vulnerable homeless residents won’t open until mid-September. The $8.2 million project is modeled after similar housing projects in Anchorage, Fairbanks and other parts of the country.
The proposal for a 130-unit high-rise apartment building to be built over a downtown city parking lot has alarmed some community members. But city officials say there is no final plan and closure of the deal is still months away.
The state is currently mapping the potential risk for landslides in Sitka. This time next year, the Sitka Assembly will be presented with a community-wide map. Whether they adopt the maps or not, city staff wanted to be prepared for how the information could affect property development.
A downtown tent village has sprang up near the former subport in recent weeks. The city of Juneau won’t try to close down the camp without a formal trespassing complaint from its owner, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.
The historic houses in Juneau and Douglas were predominately built by miners and fishermen long before today’s zoning was put into place. That’s prevented homeowners from restoring or rebuilding homes in these neighborhoods without running into conflict with the city’s zoning laws — a temporary fix may be on the way.