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Ward Cove
By Rob Holston


November 02, 2009
Monday PM

I appreciate the information provided by the Ward Cove PIEER Group. Your idea of "..designting sections for appropriate uses." is in agreement with the Ward Cove Focus Group meeting Oct. 13, that called for the KGB to subdivide and offer for sale in a way compatible with community needs & economic development. I will be presenting the Loggerville Small Boat Harbor Business Plan at the next PLEADAC meeting the evening of Nov. 4, 2009. Anyone wanting to view plan details prior to the meeting, please email me [holston(AT)] Plan Summary to follow:

Loggerville Small Boat Harbor will occupy an 8.7 acre site in the NW corner of Ward Cove with an existing roadway access off N. Tongass @ mile 7.7. It will offer over 1,000 feet of boat slips for vessels from 18' to 34'. It will offer over 1,400 linear feet of dock space for vessels to 80 feet+. Currently the Ketchikan Harbor department has 114 customers on the wait list for moorage with a total footage requirement 2+X's Loggerville's capacity. The Harbor will feature 10' wide docks with 4' wide fingers. 20, 30 50 & 100 amp electrical, internet, cable, phone, water, wheel chair accessibility and lighted 24/7 security.

Loggerville will become a land based AND floating facility of 35,000 sq. ft. We will offer 15 retail spaces for lease at $.50 per sq. ft. for local cottage industry entrepreneurs such as weavers, carvers, sculptors, potters, jewelers, painters, authors, photographers, wood workers, quilters, beaders, furiers....etc. Features of Loggerville, the "Floating Ghost Town of Alaska" will include: Tongass Coast Museum, South East Alaska Wildlife Center, S.E.A. Aquarium, Commercial Kitchen, Lighthouse Excursions, float plane service, water taxi, nature trail & 330 ft. of waterfront boardwalk. On site parking for vehicles & buses are included in the R&M Engineering plans for Loggerville which has been granted a provisional Army Corps of Engineers Permit in Ward Cove.

Loggerville meets all 8 criteria the KGB has established for Economic Development as described in KGB Code, Title 10. This includes: Preserving Jobs, Creating Jobs, Infrastructure, Promote Private Enterprise, Diversify Economy, Leverage Funding, Stimulation of Economy, Creating other Employment. It is estimated that 44 jobs will be created.

Loggerville will blow a fresh breeze of Alaskan authenticity into beautiful Ward Cove while honoring the historic past of the logging & timber industry and meeting the demands for moorage in the community.
Please do not hesitate to share your opinion on Loggerville, Ward Cove and economic development.

Rob Holston
Ketchikan, AK


Received October 31, 2009 - Published November 02, 2009


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