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Ward Cove
By Rob Holston


March 08, 2010

As I enter my 11th year of trying to purchase or long-term lease waterfront property in Ward Cove, perhaps this information, gleaned from a news article by Dave Kifer will help folks understand the history behind the present circumstances in Ward Cove:

'The Ketchikan Gateway Borough moved closer to getting its Ward Cove properties back on the tax rolls in 2005.

The borough had received title to more than 200 acres of property in 2001 when Gateway Forest Products defaulted on loans. The borough also purchased the GFP Veneer Mill a year later. Overall, the borough spent more than $15 million of the $25 million in federal economic disaster relief funds on Ward Cove related loans and grants.

Early in 2005, the borough sold the old Gateway Club property to the Alaska State Troopers for a new area headquarters. It then leased the former Ketchikan Pulp Company administration building to the Alaska Marine Highway System, which moved most of its administrative functions - some 40 employees - south from Juneau. Plans were in the works late in the year for the Marine Highway System to build a permanent ferry layup facility in Ward Cove.

In August of 2005, the borough held an auction for several properties on the East side of Ward Cove and received more than $3.3 million dollars. The borough also reached a preliminary agreement with the Arizona-based Renaissance Group for the sale of most of the west side of the cove - including the Veneer Mill - for $9 million. That deal is scheduled to be finalized in mid January of 2006.'

Loggerville continues to offer the Borough 100% of commercially appraised value for the approximate 8.7 acres of uplands and tidelands to construct Loggerville Small Boat Harbor. The appraisal to be ordered by the bank, with the appraiser approved by the KGB and paid in full by Loggerville. 11 years and waiting. Can we get this done?

Rob Holston
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Rob Holston has been doing business in Ward Cove since 2001 as co-owner of Lighthouse Excursions, Inc. and Loggerville Holdings,LLC. He is entering his 11th year of trying to purchase property in Ward Cove.

Received March 05, 2009 - Published March 08, 2010



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