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Commission approves Ship Creek development plan

By KTVA CBS 11 News 10:00 AM April 9, 2014

New plans for future development along Anchorage’s waterfront took a step forward earlier this week.

The Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the Ship Creek Framework Plan, which includes ideas for new economic, residential and recreational expansion options. Concept drawings from international engineering firm KlingStubbins show everything from new townhouses and apartments to hotels, a transit center, plazas and pavilions.

One conceptual drawing shows plans for a skating pond, carousel and climbing wall near the small boat launch, while another plan shows a saltwater marsh and boardwalk adjacent to a new harbor and ferry berth.

“This is a visionary plan to transform Anchorage’s last undeveloped areas of land into a world class waterfront,” said Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan in a written statement. “As the consultants have noted, ‘Anchorage is a city on the water without a waterfront.’”

Municipal planning officials say the plan will now head to the Anchorage Assembly, likely sometime in May.

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