- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - The Kenai City Council will vote May 17 to decide if it should sell a mansion on the peninsula’s south beach to gain funds for road improvements.

Anchorage-based PRL Logistics has put an offer of $825,000 on the house, The Peninsula Clarion reported (https://bit.ly/2qrR0cn ) Tuesday.

The company plans to move its headquarters to Kenai and use the house for office space, lodging, entertainment and airport-related activities.

The house is four stories and 7,556 square feet (702 square meters). It was built by the founders of Royal Pacific Fisheries, Marvin and Rosetta Dragseth.

The sale would give Kenai the funding needed to fix its south beach access road.

The $825,000 asking price would probably be enough money to cover the construction, City Manager Paul Ostrander said.

The construction plan might even include paving the road, Ostrander said.

“We don’t have accurate estimates on what it would take to pave the access road, but we’re confident (the $825,000 sale price) would be enough,” he said.

Another aspect of the offer is the company’s plan to use a private airstrip near the house.

The company wants to begin operating its Lockheed Martin airship there by 2019.

PRL Logistics plans to negotiate the airstrip separately. It also needs the city to permit a conditional use of vehicles around the airstrip, since a 2000 city ordinance prohibits traffic through the beachfront dunes to protect plant life in the area.


Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, https://www.peninsulaclarion.com

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