Court recommends amending Wildflower Court's lease

Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2003

With no discussion Tuesday night, the Juneau Planning Commission recommended to the Assembly that the Lands Department amend its lease to Wildflower Court, a long-term care facility next to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The center, at 2000 Salmon Creek Lane, is seeking an 1,800-square-foot addition to the eastern corner of the building to house six additional long-term care beds. The current no-cost 35-year lease, the maximum allowed by city code, dates back to 1999. The Lands Department originally leased the 2.52-acre site to St. Ann's Care Center Inc., as it was then known, for a 55-bed, long-term care facility.

The center provides long-term nursing care and coordinates care with the adjoining hospital, planner Monique Wheeler noted in her report to the commission.

Planning commissioners Tuesday considered recommending the change to the lease and a conditional use permit and hillside endorsement needed for the construction.

Both items were listed on the commission's consent agenda, a series of matters considered routine that can be approved in a single vote. Only Commissioner Mark Pusich commented on the items, to say that he would withdraw his vote on the Wildflower Court because he was a designer on the project.

In her report, planner Wheeler noted that the lease complies with the city's Comprehensive Plan for its proposed use.

No one from the public asked to address either of the agenda items relating to the private Wildflower Court project.

The Assembly reviewed the proposal Sept. 8 and unanimously approved the proposed lease modification, according to Wheeler's report.

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