The Anchorage Assembly unanimously passed two agenda items Tuesday night aimed at revitalizing two different parts of town.
In one of the votes, Assembly members approved a new Fairview tax incentive. Introduced by Assembly Chair Patrick Flynn, the ordinance would allow developers in parts of Fairview to write off the cost of public infrastructure.
Currently, builders are required to update things like sewer and water lines, curbs, and easements. Those costs can add up quickly, according to Paul Fuhs with the Fairview Business Association. He says much of Fairview was build in the 1940s and 1950s, therefore many upgrades are needed.
Fuhs says the grassroots effort to get the tax incentive started will encourage new developers to build businesses and multi-family homes in the area.
Assembly members also passed an ordinance that allows phase 1 of the Ship Creek Development Project to begin. The city's Planning and Zoning Commission has previously signed off on the project, and the municipal budget had set aside $400,000 for the work.
Phase 1 will include realigning Whitney Road. The road will run behind the power plant and help direct large trucks away from the area -- a change that's hoped to help the area become less industrial and more Downtown. It will also include connecting the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail with the Ship Creek Trail.
Mayor Dan Sullivan says it will be decades before the entire vision will be achieved, which includes new businesses, housing and recreation opportunities. Sullivan says it will give Anchorage a waterfront-city feel, something he believes it's currently missing.
There is no timeline for when ground will break on phase 1, according to Sullivan's office.