At last week’s meeting the Kodiak City Council took the first steps towards putting three parcels of land into private hands. One lot in town has a buyer lined up, and another person is interested in two lots the city owns in Chiniak.
The in-city lot is on Selief Lane, not far from Von Sheele, and is going for 70-thousand dollars. The two lots in Chiniak combined are selling for 50-thousand. The city was given the land in Chiniak by Rachel Rogers in her will several years ago.
City Councilman Tom Walters was supportive of the proposed sales:
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Councilman Jack Maker said putting land in private hands is the best way to keep revenue flowing to the city:
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The city went through Bob Brodie of Associated Island Brokers to sell the land, and will have to pay about 7-thousand dollars in closing costs. City Manager Linda Freed said the city will see how the process of selling land through a broker goes, and may conduct more sales that way in the future.
The city will hold a public hearing at its January meeting and make a final vote on the sales. That meeting is scheduled for January 15th.