Juneau office building permitted

Posted: Friday, July 03, 2009

The largest building project in 30 years to be proposed in downtown Juneau received a permit from the city planning commission.

The Alaska Mental Health Trust received unanimous approval on its request to build a 145,000-square-foot office building on the 4.95-acre subport site at the corner of Egan Drive and Whittier Street.

The trust will build the project for $45 million, and plans to lease 95 percent of the space to the state. About 525 employees from five state agencies are expected to work there. In addition to state offices, the trust will lease about 10,000 square feet for commercial or retail use.

The commission also approved two variance requests on the project at its June 23 meeting. One variance allows the building to be 75 feet high - more than twice the height allowed in the zoning district.

The other variance reduced the number of parking spaces required. The final decision did not specify the number, but the developer's original request was to reduce it to 348 from 500.

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