An artist's rendering of the proposed Dog Bay Commercial Building on Near Island. St. Herman Harbor is seen in the background.
A few years
ago the Kodiak City Council authorized the sale of a plot of land on Near
Island to Paul Zimmer and Tia Leber. While no construction has taken place since
then, there has been a lot of
development, and now the couple is looking for tenants in what is going to be
the Dog Bay Commercial Building.
up a web site with preliminary designs for the building, which will be on the
corner at the bottom of Dog Salmon Bay Road.
-- (Dog Bay 1 34 sec "We're
at a stage now ... for a builder to build it.")
He said he
and Leber have spent a lot of time at the site, trying to determine how best
to situate the building on the lot in relation to the sun and the view.
-- (Dog Bay 2 30 sec "It
seems a lot of real estate ... good, useful function.")
the floor plan that is shown on building's website is preliminary and flexible,
but he believes a coffee shop or café will definitely be part of the design:
-- (Dog Bay 3 29 sec "The
other appropriate uses ..., a good atmosphere.")
He says the
Dog Bay Commercial Building, along with the KANA-Koniag building just up the
road, will bring some much needed development to a largely ignored part of
-- (Dog Bay 4 22 sec "For
an area that is such a big ... community space there.")
they had hoped to break ground later this year, but thinks that might be a
little too ambitious, and will instead shoot for about a year from now. He
expects construction to take nine-months or more, with it opening perhaps this
time in 2012.