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CBJ Planning approves airport growth

Posted: September 12, 2012 - 12:03am

The City and Borough of Juneau Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit to build a new structure to house snow removal equipment at the Juneau International Airport. The airport’s heavy equipment is currently exposed to the elements.

The item was part of the commission’s consent agenda and was approved without objection.

The new facility would house some airport administration offices, snow removal equipment, sand and gravel storage and attached chemical storage. The facility would consolidate these uses, now spread out among several locations, under one roof.

Administrative offices would occupy 15,000 square feet of the total facility size of 73,800 square feet.

Located at the northeast section of the airport, the facility would be accessible by an extension of Livingston Way.

The project draws from $3.1 million from a 1 percent sales tax scheduled for public vote in Oct. The funds would match $10 million in federal funds to cover construction costs.

A separate variance, also approved as part of the consent agenda, allowed for reduced parking requirements at the facility. The variance allows for a reduction from 109 parking spaces as required by CBJ land use code down to 73 spaces to reflect the demand for parking for such a facility, not just the building size.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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