Statter Harbor project will receive $500K federal grant

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Don Statter Harbor boat launch project will receive $500,000 more from a federal grant.

The Docks and Harbors Board unanimously approved the additional funds and appropriate matching dollars at a special meeting Tuesday. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game increased the total grant dollars it's giving the City and Borough of Juneau to $900,000. It previously gave $400,000. The funds come through the Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration Act.

The $400,000 grant was provided 75 percent by the act and 25 percent by the state. The new $500,000 is entirely from the act and the city has to match one-third of that - nearly $167,000.

Gillette said they already have those dollars in the Capital Improvement Plan account for the project.

The grant funds will be used to complete the ongoing environmental assessment that's expected to be completed within the next six months, according to port director John Stone.

The Statter Harbor project includes the construction of a two-lane boat launch and facilities improvement in Auke Bay. The improvement project began in 2005 as the result of a deteriorating launch, insufficient parking and safety concerns. Voters approved funding $7.5 million of the project. The first portion of the project cost is estimated at $10 million, with another $10 million estimated to refurbish the float system and replace Deharts Marina.

Stone said the next step after the environmental assessment actions are complete is to develop permit applications for all the different regulations affected in the project. Stone expects there to be 10-15 permits required. After that, the project design and bid documents would be finalized. Construction is expected to begin by fall of 2011 and to be completed by 2012.

A public hearing will be held on Aug. 23 to appropriate the grant at an assembly meeting. It will also go through the public works and finance committee meeting on that day.

• Contact Sarah Day at 523-2279 or sarah.day@juneauempire.com.



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