Cooper Landing Seniors lobby Assembly for land

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Senior Citizens of Cooper Landing will have to wait a little longer to find out if the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is willing to sell them a 23 acre parcel of property for less than market value. At last weeks regular Assembly meeting a group of about 20 senior citizens from the Cooper Landing area showed up to urge the Assembly to do just that. Jim Richardson of Cooper Landing was appointed as spokesperson for the group and given 10 minutes to testify on the Ordinance which would convey land for the purpose of constructing senior housing in the Cooper Landing area. Richardson pointed out that the Cooper Landing Land Use Plan identified a need to provide for senior housing and that no senior housing is available within 50 miles of the community.

A non-profit corporation, the Cooper Landing Senior Citizen Corporation Inc. (CLSCCI), has been organized for the purpose of creating a senior campus development plan and has already secured funding through the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to begin the project. According to Richardson the selected site is the best available location to meet future senior housing needs. The present Borough appraised fair market value of the proposed site is $242,000, according to the Ordinance. If passed, the Ordinance would convey the land to the CLSCCI for $1.00.

After deliberating the Assembly decided to postpone action on the issue until it's next regularly scheduled meeting in December to research options as to the size of the parcel of land and other subjects such as the availability of water on the property.

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