Museum won't move to the waterfront

    Vice Mayor Maria Gladziszewski.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Assembly decided not to spend more time on a proposal to move the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

    The estimated price tag of the new facility was near $8 million.

    Vice Mayor Maria Gladziszewski said the city will undertake a process to see what could be put in the public portion of the Archipelago lot.  There have been various ideas suggested including the museum.

    "We asked planners to work on the ideas for that.  There were not enough members on the Assembly that were sold on the museum as the answer.  The question is what is the answer for that location?"

    The property will remain open space during the study.

    Assembly Member Rob Edwardson said he didn't think this property was the right location for the museum, "One of the things that we talked about was the museum building would have the same parking issue as the Archipelago group."

    The private retail portion of the project has been delayed a year after a dispute over parking.  The CBJ wants Morris Communications to put in 114 parking spaces or pay a $900,000 fee for parking.

    Edwardson said the public made it clear where they stand on new public buildings when they voted down the new JACC last fall.

    "That gives an indication of where they stand, I may be wrong, but I think that is a commonly held view," he added.

    Assembly Member Greg Smith suggested the CBJ get public input on what should go on the waterfront property.

    City Manager Rorie Watt said the local government spends $425,000 annually to support the museum.

    He predicted a waterfront location would add to the foot traffic in the museum.

    The CBJ would likely have been able to use marine passenger fees for the facility.

     

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