Karluk Manor, a housing first facility for chronic inebriates, faces possible relocation.
The housing project celebrated its one-year anniversary in December. Mayor Dan Sullivan suggested the move at an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce meeting earlier this month.
The building's location at the busy intersection of Karluk St. and 5th Ave. was cited as a cause of concern by the facility's division manager, Kenny Scollan, who said the program is successful at its present location. "I just went through the numbers, and we had 80% of the people who moved in still here," he said. "That's pretty good for this population."
For business workers nearby the facilty, the program continues to be a safety concern.
“One of these days somebody's gonna be in the intersection and they're gonna hit 'em ,” Jennifer Kilfoyle, Far North Supply, said.
A proposed location for "Karluk 2" is in the Mountain View area near Reeve and Viking.
The Mountain View Community Council sent a letter to Mayor Sullivan earlier this month expressing disappointment at their lack of involvement and requested, "invitation to and representation in all future discussions beginning immediately."
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