Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Assembly OKs funding for building study

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday approved a matching grant to the Juneau Housing Trust for a feasibility study to renovate Gross-Alaska's 20th Century building downtown.

Up to $10,000 in funding comes from the city's housing fund. The study would help one or more nonprofit groups purchase the building with the possibility of providing low-income housing.

The city has asked the groups to study the economic feasibility of the project so operation, maintenance and taxes are considered, as well as the cost of construction. Housing First and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council also are involved in the project.

In other action, the Assembly approved a $53,258 loan to Juneau Housing Trust to extend sewer lines to Crow Hill Drive and a $4,976 reimbursement to the organization for building permit fees for four low income houses.

Territorial history book debuts

JUNEAU - "Gastineau Channel Memories, 1880-1959," a compendium of Juneau family stories of Territorial days, will be unveiled at a special reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Hearthside Books in the Nugget Mall.

The $29.95 softcover, compiled by a local committee over the past two years, contains 349 family stories, family photos and 75 historic photographs from the state archives. The 4-pound book was printed in an edition of 2,000 and the committee had advance orders for 700. Sales will continue over the weekend. For details, call 789-9316.

The Empire will excerpt "Gastineau Channel Memories" in its Inside section Sunday.

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