Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The proposed ordinance to spend $300,000 on the Cruise Ship dock lot, now owned by Huna Totem Corporation was voted down earlier this week
On Monday, Jan. 30th, the city assembly voted against the proposed ordinance that would have the city help plan out a cruise ship dock on a sub port now owned by the Huna Totem Corporation.
Vice President for Creative and Marketing Mickey Richardson talked with KINY further about the decision.
"Yeah, so it was put to a vote with the assembly and after much discussion and testimony by the community of Juneau and also Huna totem, the Assembly voted down moving forward with with having a study to evaluate the placement of our dock on the sea port lot better known as the Huna Totem Hawk landing property."
Richardson said that by voting down the study, everyone involved will be able to work together moving forward saving both time and money.
"Essentially voting down the ordinance, I think it sets the platform for all of us to work together on this project," Richardson said. "And it also allows the timeline to move forward. We're really excited about the conditional use permit process that's moved for planning and zoning and we'll be presenting that and the public process and the first public meeting on March 24. It just allows the process to continue forward and I think ultimately, it allows everybody to work together and save the community of Juneau, considerable amount of money and time."
They are excited to move forward with the project and to work with the city moving forward.
"I just can't reiterate enough how excited we are to work with the city," Richardson said. "They've laid out the goals through the visitor industry Task Force. And we've tried to address those in the design. And I think we've come out with some really creative solutions and through this process, I think it's important that the dialogue continues and the diverse voices from the community continue to be heard. And as we move through this, I think it's all going to be successful, and it's going to be a great project for Huna Totem and a great product for the city and community of Juneau."
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