CITC building's quake repairs could take a year
For many Alaskans, life has returned to normal following the November 30 earthquake. But for those who work in the Cook Inlet Tribal Council building in East Anchorage, work could be disrupted for up to a year.
The council's CEO, Gloria O'Neill, said the building at 3600 San Jeronimo Drive is closed till further notice. The earthquake caused substantial damage, but broken water lines caused even more.
Fortunately, she said, the five major social service programs that operated out of the building have all managed to relocate.
"I would say within two and a half weeks we have resumed 100 percent of operations within CITC, which is phenomenal," O'Neill said. "And the only reason we were able to do that is with the partners that really supported us with space, or the kind of technical expertise that we needed moving forward."
O'Neill said many organizations have stepped up to offer space, including the University and the Bering Straits Native Corporation. She said the later has offered its building at 4600 DeBarr Road for CITC's Employment and Training Services Program, which expects to move in on Wednesday.
O'Neill said people can find a complete list of where programs are currently located on the council's website.
One of the tenants in the CITC building, however, is still struggling: radio station KNBA, which had studios on the fourth floor.
Station CEO Jaclyn Sallee said KNBA went off the air when the building lost power during the earthquake. Like the building's other occupants, its staff have been forced to find a temporary home.
Alaska Public Media has been housing the KNBA staff, some of whom will soon be moving to a new location on the campus of the Southcentral Foundation.
Sallee said the station is on the air and offering popular programming like National Native News, but all of it is pre-recorded. She said the station lost its satellite connection during the quake. Until it's repaired KNBA is unable to do live, local shows.
The station is raising money for repairs to equipment, which are expected to run about $500,000. People wishing to donate to the station's earthquake fund can go to KNBA's website.
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