people turned out last night to take part in the Kodiak Waterfront Plan public
The city hosted the event which took place at the Kodiak Harbor
The engineering firm DOWL HKM is
working on three projects with the City of Kodiak and introduced two of the projects
last night. There is the overall plan which will address improvements to
city-owned waterfront property and there is a separate project to improve
pedestrian facilities from Pier 2 to downtown. The pedestrian project is
partially funded by state cruise ship tax money.
the open house were covered with maps of the different waterfront sites.
Participants were urged to mark down notes on the maps, suggest ideas and point
out the challenges of each location.
The project that drew the most
discussion was the proposed sidewalk from Pier 2 to downtown. There are two
routes currently under consideration. One route is up Rezanoff Drive which critics say is too
steep and long for cruise ship passengers to deal with. The other choice is Shelikof Street
where critics say that pedestrians would interfere with the commercial traffic
at the fish processing plants.
The project manager for the Kodiak
Waterfront Plan is Aaron Christie of Dowl HKM. Last night Christie gave his
assessment of the event.
Public comments about the
Waterfront Plan can be submitted via the City of Kodiak's website. The comments will be taken
into consideration as the planners work on creating draft plans for the two
projects. Those plans are expected to be ready by the end of March or the
beginning of April.