Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The 'Jetty' Project is seen as a way to bring new growth to the Auke Bay area.
Alaska Legacy Partners, comprised of two young local entrepreneurs, said they are stoked about the potential of the Jetty project. Paul Simpson and his partner Garrett Schoenberger spoke to the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce about plans they have for the former University of Alaska Southeast book store in Auke Bay. The building measures 10,000 square foot and could house a variety of retail, food, and office space. It is located on a lot that measures 2.3 acres.
Simpson said he feels good about the potential of the building, "It has one of the stronger demographics of any spot in Juneau. It has tremendous views and the best weather in all of Juneau. More sunshine, less rain, and a great location. They renovated the building in 2009 and it is one of the nicer buildings in all of Juneau."
He said they are also open to other deals and ventures locally, "About 70 percent of all residents here live in the Valley. They are tired of driving to town to get a decent meal or getting to enjoy the water. Its a place where people can hang out, and look out over the Auke Bay harbor."
He said with 250,000 tourists visiting Auke Bay each year, the project could be the hub of new economic activity.