• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 14s

Are chronic alcoholics driving away business in Fairview?

By Alexis Fernandez 9:04 PM February 11, 2014

“If it wasn't for the environment on the street this place would be full -- it's the environment around us."

ANCHORAGE – The issue of chronic alcoholics in Anchorage isn’t new, but one local business owner said it’s destroying the neighborhood of Fairview.

Patrick Krochina, owner of Restoration Ventures, purchased the office building located at 13th Avenue and Gambell Street back in 2007.

He said he and his partner bought it because they wanted to give back to the community and turn the neighborhood around.

At first it was tough, Krochina said, because of all the restoration they had to do to the building. Since then, things have only gotten worse.

“If it wasn’t for the environment on the street this place would be full — it’s the environment around us,” he said. “The biggest concern for everybody else is don’t let it come into our neighborhood.”

On any given day, Krochina said, you can find dozens of chronic alcoholics hanging out in this area.

“This intersection becomes a detriment,” he said. “It’s a public safety issue.”

Because of the problems, he said, two of his three tenants have left.

“I’m a property owner, I have no choice,” he said. “I’m in desperation, the issue is if they continue like this, I lose the building. This thing becomes like a DMZ zone.”

He said he feels the Municipality of Anchorage is partly to blame.

“What we’re doing is not working, all we’re doing is enabling them by taking them down there, dropping them off and bringing them back out here,” Krochina said. “It’s all located right here. There’s two liquor stores, mental health lab; it’s like a perfect storm.”

According to Anchorage police, the department received 238 drunk and transport response calls for service within a 370-foot radius of this area in 2013, compared to 343 in 2012. The numbers for this year haven’t been released yet.

Anchorage Assemblymen Patrick Flynn represents the Downtown area and said the issue is on his radar.

“Not so much that we are addressing the issue as effectively as we should, we tend to displace the issue and then it just rotates around . So really it comes down to, how do we help break the cycle?” Flynn said.

There’s been talk of eliminating the bus stop in the area, Flynn said, or even moving the two liquor stores.

“If we eliminate those things, will it eliminate the problem? I think it would move the problem, but I don’t think it would eliminate it,” Flynn said.

But for Krochina, time is running out for businesses like his.

“Why it’s my issue that I have to come up with a great solution so they do something, is crazy,” Krochina said.

Krochina said he plans to testify about this issue at Tuesday’s Anchorage Assembly meeting.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Steese Highway collision kills 1

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 24, 23:00

    One person is dead and another injured following a head-on crash outside Fairbanks Friday night, Alaska State Troopers said. The collision on the Steese Highway near Hagelbarger Avenue was reported to troopers in Fairbanks just before 7:15 p.m., according to an AST dispatch. One person was seriously injured and later succumbed to their injuries, troopers […]

  • News

    South Anchorage crash injures 1, temporarily closes highway

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 24, 22:15

    Both lanes of the Seward Highway were closed for more than two hours Friday evening following a two-vehicle collision that left one person hospitalized. According to the Anchorage Police Department, the crash happened just after 5:30 p.m. near the highway’s intersection with O’Malley Road. A vehicle heading north crossed the median and hit another vehicle […]

  • Weather

    Evening News weather, Oct. 24

    by KTVA Weather on Oct 24, 19:58

     

  • News

    Dam expansion increases Sitka’s power production

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 24, 19:44

    The Blue Lake Project in Sitka is set to dramatically increase the production of hydroelectricity for the city. Five miles out of town, up a one-lane dirt road, tucked into the mountains, construction crews work on the expansion in the windy canyon. The project is so massive it takes Alaska’s largest, 600-ton crane to make […]

  • News

    Anchorage mom loses boxing match, still wins big

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 24, 19:18

    Maria Edwards had never boxed before she got in the ring Thursday night at the Egan Center. But she had a good reason for taking part in Anchorage’s Thursday Night Fights: She was trying to earn enough cash to afford gymnastic lessons for her 3-year-old son. Edwards had her eye on the prize money, $50 […]

  • News

    Complaints lead to towing ordinance update

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 24, 18:46

    Anchorage residents who are angry over inconsistent and often exorbitant towing fees may soon see some relief. The Anchorage Assembly discussed a proposed amendment to the municipal towing ordinance Friday. The amendment would cap the price of non-consensual tows, such as when cars are towed from private lots, at $225. It also prevents towing companies from […]

  • News

    Assembly debates software program audit

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 24, 18:06

    Anchorage Assembly members met Friday to discuss how to best move forward with the municipality’s troubled software overhaul. Members debated conducting an independent audit of the SAP program, which is designed to automate many aspects of government, including payroll. But the program is three years overdue and more than $20 million over budget. Assembly members […]

  • Crime

    Fairbanks priest indicted on child exploitation charges

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 24, 16:10

    Placed on leave earlier this year while under investigation by the FBI, a Fairbanks priest has now been indicted for child exploitation. Friday, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office announced 57-year-old Clint Michael Landry was formally charged with attempted production of child pornography and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. According to court documents, Landry […]