Live: Committee to take New JACC and Centennial Action, hear about Eaglecrest plans

Live updates from the Public Works and Facilities Committee meeting

12:50 p.m.

A pedestrian stanchion pilot program that will be paid for using $25,297 of Marine Passenger Fees is being discussed.

In mid-July a CBJ contractor will install the stanchions in an effort to improve pedestrian safety and vehicle flow through the South Franklin corridor, Vigue said. They will be present from Manila Square to 365 S. Franklin St.

If successful, the program may be expanded.

The stanchions will be temporary and will be removed in October, Vigue said.

Assembly member Wade Bryson asked what will make the project be considered successful.

“I think success will show there are not people walking in the street,” Vigue said. “The idea is to get people out of the street and using cross walks.”

12:40 p.m.

Hale’s amendment failed.

The committee will discuss Centennial Hall July 8.

A motion for discussion of the New JACC passed unanimously.

12:35 p.m.

Vigue said identifying renovation priorities is an effort to make the project more digestible than an all-at-once $18 million effort that was previously outlined at a special committee meeting.

“All of this doesn’t have to happen right away,” Vigue said. “If we wanted phase work, we could have that option.”

Triem requested a potential timeline for construction for when the matter comes before the Committee of the Whole.

Assembly member Rob Edwardson made a motion to forward the matter to the committee for further discussion.

Hale amended the motion to specify that the Committee of the Whole should consider the project up through the fourth priority item.

Mechanical and electrical system work, ballroom renovations, new construction and foyer renovations are estimated to cost under $4.2 million.

“My only hesitation is, I don’t feel as this committee we’ve discussed financing all thaat much,” Triem said.

She said the Committee of the Whole will likely talk about that at length.

Edwardson said he objected becasue he “didn’t want to prime the next committee.”

12:25 p.m.

Hale said her goal for today’s meeting is to refer Centennial Hall and the proposed New JACC to the Committee of the Whole for further discussion at it’s July 8 meeting.

Hale said Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes’ impact on the city’s finances are going to factor into conversations.

“What do we recommend to the Committee of the Whole today based on that information that’s new?” Hale asked.

Vigue is presenting Centennial Hall renovation components by priority and cost. An overhaul to mechanical and electrical system and ballroom upgrades would total about $2.9 million.

New construction and renovation to the northwest breakout rooms would bring the project’s total to $4.8 million.

12:15 p.m.

Airport manager Patty Wahto said four artists have been chosen by the airport board.

Rachael Juzeler, Alison Marks, Robert Mills and Crystal Worl are the foursome that was chosen.

The combined cost of the artwork is $147,800.

Assembly member Michelle Bonnet Hale asked if those four projects preclude other displays from appearing at the airport.

Wahto said artwork on loan will continue to appear in the airport.

“But it is not something we own like these would be,” Wahto said.

12:10 p.m.

First up is Downtown Wayfinding grant appropriation and transfers.

Public works and Engineering director Mike Vigue said the city has received two grants that will allow for wayfinding towers downtown to have some audio elements.

The Rasmuson Foundation awarded CBJ $25,000 and the Alaska Humanities Forum awarded $10,000, according to the meeting packet.

Assembly member Carole Triem made a motion to OK the grant appropriations and transfer, and there were no objections.

Next up is the 1 Percent for Arts project intended for the Juneau International Airport’s terminal reconstruction project. CBJ ordinance requires a percent of construction costs be used on public art.

Noon

Today’s City and Borough of Juneau Public Works and Facilities Committee meeting should be an eventful.

The New Juneau Arts & Culture Center and Centennial Hall are on the agenda for action, and Eaglecrest’s summer plans will be the subject of a presentation.

[Read about Eaglecrest’s plans here]


• Contact reporter Ben Hohenstatt at (907)523-2243 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.


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