• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 41s

While seismic questions linger, Ship Creek development plans progress

By Kirsten Swann 5:57 PM July 18, 2014

The latest version of the Ship Creek Development Plan features a modern vision for a bustling Anchorage waterfront district, but few details on what it would take to redevelop the unstable, earthquake-prone area.

In a presentation to Anchorage Assembly members Friday afternoon, a representative for international design firm KlingStubbins outlined the three-phase plan that involves extending development across the mudflats to the water’s edge. It would create space for hundreds of new residential units, retail and commercial space and a new urban center built around a proposed Ship Creek Square. The plan’s key design concepts include connecting Downtown Anchorage to  Ship Creek Valley, leveraging the area’s outdoor amenities, fueling economic expansion and creating a new “Gateway to Alaska.”

It calls for a new freshwater marsh, expanded trail system, amphitheater and modern esplanade along Knik Arm.

But according the KlingStubbins, any construction would still require extensive studies to find ways to build out the seismically active mudflats. And with much of the land in question owned by the Alaska Railroad Corporation, Assembly members and municipal planners alike said redevelopment would depend on the railroad’s willingness to play ball. Ultimately, KlingStubbins said, the vision for Anchorage’s waterfront could take generations to realize.

The Assembly seems to be on board.

“Anything that has a little vision is kind of fun,” South Anchorage Assemblywoman Jennifer Johnston said after Friday’s presentation.

Aside from zoning changes, though, she said the Assembly would only play a small part in bringing the plan to fruition — it would depend on a private investment firm working with area landowners to make the new urban center a reality. Assembly Chairman Patrick Flynn had a different way of describing the vision for a new downtown district.

“We have a saying in the consulting business: ‘Your plan is hope, quantified,’” he said.

The Ship Creek plan is up for a public hearing at Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting.

 

Latest Stories

  • Lifestyle

    Alone on Denali in January

    by John Thain on Dec 19, 6:45

    Climbing season on Denali is long over, but for Lonnie Dupre, it’s just beginning. The 53-year-old Minnesota man is attempting to be the first person to summit it alone in January. It’s his fourth attempt after trying similar expeditions in 2013, 2012, and 2011. The closest he came was just over 17,000 feet (summit is […]

  • News

    NTSB works to improve safety in Alaska skies

    by Dave Leval on Dec 18, 22:51

    The National Transportation Safety Board has several new investigators to find out what causes plane crashes in Alaska: There are now four in the Anchorage office after the agency recently added two new people. The two additions include the first female investigator in the state, Millicent Hoidal. “It shouldn’t be a surprise,” Hoidal said. “I […]

  • On-Air

    Get Out: Brett takes a phat ride on a fat ride

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 18, 22:25

    It’s been a bleak winter for snow lovers like myself, but that’s not stopping me from getting out. This week I took part in one of the fastest growing sports in Anchorage. “Everyone has a fat bike now. Anchorage is the mecca of fat biking, so it’s great,” said Will Ross, race director of the Abominable […]

  • Weather

    Evening News weather, Dec. 18

    by on Dec 18, 22:01

    Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound Mostly cloudy skies with some mountain snow and in the eastern Prince William Sound. Southeast Rain towards the south with rain and snow further north. Interior and North Slope Skies will be partly cloudy. On the North Slope skies will be cloudy with scattered snow showers. Mat-Su Valley Mostly […]

  • News

    Early homecoming brings Christmas surprise for Anchorage third grader

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 18, 22:00

    Sounds of Christmas cheer floated through the hallways at O’Malley Elementary School Thursday morning. The students from Renee Hughes’ third grade class, including 8-year-old Emory Fedd, thought the news cameras were there to hear them sing carols. Instead we were waiting for his mom, Capt. Katrina Fedd, home from deployment in Korea. “It’s the holidays. […]

  • News

    New fire station fills gaps in Mat-Su coverage

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 18, 21:21

    There’s a brand new public safety building in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Central Mat-Su firefighters and EMS are packing up and moving in. Station 51 is the borough’s largest: It cost $8 million and has a lot of unique features, including a drive-in apparatus bay for ambulances and fire trucks, a central warehouse for stocking medical supplies and […]

  • News

    Camp grows on sidewalk by Anchorage shelter

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 18, 20:23

    The death of an Anchorage woman in a tent across the street from the Brother Francis Shelter is shedding light on a growing problem — the number of people who camp on the sidewalk directly across the street. Dorothy Kinzie, 47, was found unresponsive in her tent last Saturday. The tent was pitched on the […]

  • News

    TSA rules for smooth holiday travel

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 18, 19:19

    People go through security at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport every day and every day, people get flagged at  the checkpoint. It slows everything down and during the busy holiday season, that’s something the Transportation Security Administration wants to avoid. When it comes to liquids in carry-ons, the TSA prohibits anything larger than 3.4 ounces. Other prohibited […]