Once again I must be wrong but here is how it looks from the sticks. A major construction project is being rushed through the process without much fanfare, seeming to be under the radar and pretty much hush-hush.
Another low-income housing project is being fast tracked through the system for Vista Drive in Juneau. How many such projects does Juneau really need? What does this say about the fair city of Juneau if we actually do need this much low income housing?
Bigwigs and rich contractors from Anchorage are spearheading this boondoggle that is quietly being pushed through with the tacit help of our politicians and bureaucrats. Taxpayer money will be used to build the project. Taxpayer money will be used to pay the guaranteed rent for the life of the housing project. Wetlands and a stream will be destroyed.
Who gets rich? Why, the contractors and developers do. Who pays? Why, you do! Who gets credit? Why, the politicians and bureaucrats do! Who has to suffer from all the increased traffic, noise, congestion, and problems? Why, the hard working and retired residents of the immediate neighborhood do.
Oh, the few of us who own property in The Crest will complain and try to at least slow down this project until assurances or explanations can be made but we will have as much effect as a butterfly flying against a hurricane. Too much money, too much glory, too much clandestine impetus already in motion for us to have much hope of having any influence on the outcome.
The rich will get richer and take the money back to Anchorage. Politicians will be patted on the back and maybe get a campaign contribution or two. And you, my friends, get to help pay for this. Congratulations Juneau – I believe you are fast approaching a point where the percentage of public and low-income housing will rival Detroit!
George Cole, owner
Crest Condos, Juneau
Keene Channel, Petersburg