- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The design and density of a high-rise apartment building proposed in downtown Juneau drew public concern at a Juneau Assembly meeting.

Community members voiced their doubts Monday over the proposal by Seattle-based Eagle Rock Ventures LLC to turn a parking lot into an affordable housing complex.

One community member, Andrew Heist, called on the city manager not to close the sale, which the original agreement envisioned would be completed by the end of this month, KTOO reports (https://bit.ly/2tXUguL ).

“”The most recent design calls for 130 single-occupant residencies, with shared kitchens on each floor,” Heist said. “Basically, a high-density boarding house right in the core downtown business district.”

City Manager Rorie Watt told the Assembly the proposal is a rough concept and not a formal application.

“The developer has no interest in executing the sale,” Watt said. “But what they are interested in is extending that date for a period of nine months and the purchase and sale agreement provides for that extension. And I think that’s in everybody’s best interest.”

The Juneau Assembly voted in November to authorize the sale of the 23 parking spaces to Eagle Rock Ventures LLC for $530,000.

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