Indian Point discussion to highlight agenda of Assembly committee

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - What to do about Indian Point highlights the agenda of the Assembly Lands and Resources Committee Monday evening.

    It's been proposed that city owned land there be conveyed to Goldbelt, Juneau's urban Native corporation.

    City Manager Rorie Watt talked about this on Action Line Friday.    Watt said it's a complicated issue and he'll recommend to the Assembly that it take its time.  "The public needs an opportunity to understand and comment."

    He explained that Indian Point consists of four parcels.  One is owned by the National Park Service and three by the local government.

    Some have suggested a land trade between Goldbelt and the city and borough.  Watt said Goldbelt has a lot of land on West Douglas and its been a long goal of the city and Goldbelt Corporation to work togther."  When asked if Goldbelt is interested in a land swap, Watt said, "Well they've essentially binged it  to us and said why doesn't the city make a proposal."

    Watt said there may be more appropriate recipients for the city owned parcels at Indian Point.  "Other people have suggested that Goldbelt Heritage Institute which is kind of their cultural preservation non-profit wing of Goldbelt might be the right one. There are other people who have suggested that it might be the Auke Wan Tribe."

    The committee will also be updated on the negotiated sale of the city owned parking lot at 2nd and Franklin Streets.  Watt said they have a developer who has a right to purchase the lot to build a housing project.  "They've trying to figure how to economically do that and their latest foray is to pursue federal low income housing tax credits which would help finance the project, so they've asked for a letter of support."

    Watt said the view from his desk is that the city has shortages in all kinds of housing and thinks this project could be an appropriate development on that lot.    Forty apartment units are proposed.  

    The Assembly Lands and Resources Committee is scheduled to convene at 5 p.m. in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.


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