Juneau’s Planning Commission unanimously gave developers the green light Tuesday to build the largest new housing project the city has seen in at least a decade.
The new 40-unit complex will be built on Vista Drive in West Juneau, and a second 35-unit complex is planned to go adjacent to the development in the future.
Volunteers of America will manage the housing.
Volunteers of America is a faith-based national non-profit organization that provides affordable housing across the country.
Of the first 40 units to be developed, 25 will be rented at rates dependent on the tenants’ income level, and 15 units will be rented at market rate. Eight units will be reserved for disabled tenants.
Members of the public expressed concern over the long-term stability of building on this particular hillside, and with degrading property value in the area.
Other concerns centered on the danger of increasing traffic on Vista Drive which is a steep hill road that empties onto Douglas Highway and, residents said, gets covered in black ice regularly in the winter.
Still, several Juneauites urged approval for the project citing the urgent need for housing development in Alaska’s capital city.
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