Land swap suggested between Goldbelt and CBJ

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A land swap could be in the works between the City and Borough of Juneau and Goldbelt, Juneau's urban native corporation.

    The Goldbelt Heritage Foundation wants the local government to transfer city owned land at Indian Point to the foundation.  An original village site was located in the area and is considered scared ground.

    Mayor Ken Koelsch was asked about that on Action Line Friday.  He said he met with Goldbelt officials in August.  He said they  discussed both Indian Point and West Douglas proprieties.  

    "There are several ways of dealing with this, but we are looking at both of those properties and see if we can come up with an exchange", the mayor said.

    Such a swap would improve the city and borough's holdings there, according to the mayor.  "The Native corporation land is more on the water side and the CBJ land is more on the hillside."  He calls is a prime area for development.

    The Pioneer Road now extends two miles into the area.  Work will begin soon on an additional mile.

    The Assembly Lands Committee will take up the matter during a meeting scheduled for October 23.



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