The Glory Hall still wants a permit for its affordable housing project in Juneau

The room that was once the women’s dorm at The Glory Hall in Juneau. December 2021. (Stremple/KTOO)

For almost a year, the Glory Hall has been trying to get a permit to transform the area that was once a 50-bed shelter to a 7-unit inexpensive housing advanced. The undertaking’s destiny might be determined at a Planning Fee assembly Tuesday night time.

The nonprofit moved its shelter to the Mendenhall Valley final summer season. It nonetheless owns the constructing on S. Franklin Avenue in downtown Juneau the place it was once housed. And that constructing is in a recognized hazard zone for avalanches and landslides, per the town’s maps adopted within the late Eighties.

Metropolis code says existing properties in those zones cannot “increase density” by new building. That’s in battle with the town’s priority of addressing a shortage of affordable housing. And the Glory Corridor has argued that although the variety of housing models will enhance with the renovation, far fewer folks can be staying on the property on any given night time.

The Glory Corridor applied for a construction permit virtually a yr in the past. Town initially denied that allow, however the Glory Corridor successfully appealed the choice again in Could.  That gave the town 30 days to rethink – after which, it denied the permit again

The Glory Corridor didn’t hand over — it submitted an utility for a conditional use allow this summer season. Earlier this month, the town’s improvement division really useful that the Planning Fee reject that allow, too.

The Planning Fee will take up the problem of the allow at its meeting Tuesday night. It might probably grant, deny or impose situations on the allow. If the allow is denied, the Glory Corridor can attraction the choice to the Juneau Meeting.

However the Glory Corridor will not be taking place with out a struggle. It has invited supporters to testify on the assembly and encourage the Planning Fee to grant a conditional use allow for the undertaking. Glory Corridor workers had 40 shirts made with the message, “Juneau Wants Inexpensive Housing.” 

Employees anticipate as much as 40 folks will present up on the assembly.

“We want as many individuals in attendance at this assembly as attainable! Please come! As everyone knows, Juneau is within the midst of a housing disaster and we consider that each unit counts,” the Glory Corridor wrote in a latest publication.

The Planning Fee meets in Meeting Chambers at 7:00 p.m. The assembly may also be on Zoom.

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