Kenai City Council officially designates bluff property 'Millennium Square'

Old FAA plot closer to development

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2002

The Kenai City Council put a name to the unused tract of land it hopes to develop for the benefit of the city at its meeting Wednesday night -- Millennium Square.

The property was informally known as the FAA Football Field, the Old FAA Antenna Farm and the Daubenspeck property. It is a vacant, city-owned, 21-acre tract of land on the bluff between the senior center and Bridge Access Road.

"It's a large tract of land in the downtown core area," said Vice Mayor Linda Swarner. "It's prime developable land on the bluff with a great view. I think we're looking for it to be developed to benefit the city of Kenai and the residents the most."

The council voted unanimously to adopt the name Millennium Square.

Development of Millennium Square is a goal for the city, although what form that development will take has not yet been decided. Possibilities include a convention-visitor center; visitor lodging; shared-use cultural and recreational venues; small shops catering to residents and visitors; professional offices; all-day and all-year uses and activities; shared parking areas; landscaped, all-season walkable grounds; a Kenai River trail system with scenic lookouts; and residences and facilities for seniors.

Members of the community will have an opportunity to comment on what form of development they would like to see for Millennium Square at the city of Kenai Comprehensive Plan Community Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Senior Center.

In other council news:

n The council approved a resolution authorizing the use of the equipment replacement fund to buy a flat bed truck and a motor grader.

n The council approved a resolution transferring $35,000 from construction to engineering in the well house 4 capital project fund.

n The council voted not to contribute funds to the upcoming "Spirit of Alaska: The Inner Landscape" show at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

n The council approved payment of $47,000 to Kraxberger Drilling Inc. for Kenai Test Well and Production Well No. 4.

n Council member Duane Bannock asked the council for approval to attend the next Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting, invite the chamber to participate in council meetings as a miscellaneous commission and committee -- like the Beautification Committee and the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau board -- and ask the chamber that the council be involved in chamber meetings as well. The council voted unanimously to approve the measure.

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