Sitka to consider condemning building due to landslide risk

    Sitka officials are seeking to have an administration building damaged by a landslide nearly a year ago condemned. The action would impact $29,000 in active leases at the property, which has been deemed still at risk for damage from future landslides.

    SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Sitka officials are seeking to have an administration building damaged by a landslide nearly a year ago condemned. The action would impact $29,000 in active leases at the property, which has been deemed still at risk for damage from future landslides.

    The Sitka Sentinel reports a landslide hit the building at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park on Aug. 18, when three Sitka residents were killed in another landslide.

    City Administrator Mark Gorman said Wednesday he will recommend the Sitka Assembly cancel all leases at the building in September. Silver Bay Seafoods, a tannery and a bear rescue facility are among the businesses that would be affected.

    Gorman's decision comes in response to preliminary findings from a firm studying the landslide area that indicate the property remains at risk.

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