A recent clearing has appeared along Glacier Highway and led people to call up the city and ask, "What are you doing to all those trees?"
Public Works Director Joe Buck has a pat answer for those who ask: "It's not us."
Landowner Brendan Kelly cleared land, immediately east of Sunny Point on Glacier Highway and began to install a water and sewer system for a "minor subdivision," with lots to build four single-family homes.
Kelly's project sits next to a city sign explaining how Juneau's sales tax dollars are being used to build the first phase of a new $10 million voter-approved public works facility.
"That clearing is all a private operation," Buck said.
Kelly could not be reached Thursday.
Work started on the new city facility recently, but the land cleared is small for now, and hardly visible next to Kelly's development. Buck said his new Public Works operation will have 50-foot tree buffers and a design to project noise away from its neighbors. People should barely notice, he said.
The larger project has not gone out for bid and is months away.
Dale Pernula, director of the city's Community Development Department, said the new housing project was platted and approved in 2006 and that Kelly just recently began clearing and developing the land.
I assume he'll sell lots, and people will build homes on them, he said.
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