Assembly Lands to take up Indian Point and Cornerstone lease

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Assembly Lands and Resources Committee will listen to additional public comment on what should be done with city owned lots at Indian Point during its meeting Monday.

    City Manager Rorie Watt talked about that on Action Line Friday.  "What we're doing is taking our time.  We've got several tracts of land at Indian Point which is just north of the ferry terminal and there was an historical, cultural use, a former village sit there.   There's been a request that the city convey its property to the Gold Belt Heritage Institute."

    Watt said land issues are sensitive and they want to make sure they deal with this carefully and respectfully.  He said  the committee will be talking about the next steps.

    Watt said public comment on potential actions will be taken at a later meeting yet to be scheduled.

    The panel will also review six applications for use of the  city owned Cornerstone Campus at 9290 Hurlock Avenue.  The property had been leased by Juneau Youth Services since 1967, but budget constraints forced the organization to relocate its program for homeless youth to its Back Loop Road facility.

    Here's a brief run down of the six proposals:

    -The Glory Hole proposes moving its homeless shelter there.

    -Alaska Legacy Parners, LLC proposes to convert the site to an elder care assisted living center for 16 to 18 clients.

    -Kelli Grummett doing business as Aunt Margaret's House includes a two part plan of re-entry housing people exiting the prison system and housing for seasonal workers.

    -The Gehring Nursery School wants to provide Pre-K child care at the site.

    -Polaris House, which provides mental health services, says  the larger facility would allow it to expand its program.  A rezone from D5 residential would be required to accommodate that proposal.

    -Prama House is proposing a combined program for homeless youth, pre-K child care and elder care.

    Staff is recommending that each applicant make presentations at the committee's February 26 meeting and that it forward three of the most appropriate applications to the full Assembly for further consideration.

    Monday's meeting is scheduled to convene at 5 p.m. in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.



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