12 years ago this week
Where will it go?
After eyeing Eagle River for several years, Fred Meyer announced plans to build on a 16.8-acre site off of Business Boulevard.
Several hurdles remained for that timeline to be fulfilled. Among them, the fact that some of the parcel was zoned residential, had a street running through it, was near existing homes and some locals wanted to expand Town Square Park on the location.
KND Investments, which was developing the property, said it planned to speak with nearby residents at the Eagle River Community Council meeting to discuss the planned location.
The company eventually decided to build on a site at the corner of the Old Glenn Highway and North Eagle River Access Road.
Neighbors howl over dog yard
An Upper Fire Lake neighborhood feud over sled dogs was set to go before the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission.
The petition was filed by Janet McGurgan, who wanted the municipality to rezone 42 acres south of Fish Hatchery Road so no more than three dogs per residence could be allowed. The petition was in response to musher Eric Rogers, who was training a 16-dog team for the Iditarod.
“It think it’s a very rural atmosphere,” Rogers said. “Running dogs has always been a dream since I grew up in Los Angeles watching ‘Sgt. Preston’ and reading Jack London.”
McGurgan and many of Rogers’ neighbors didn’t share his views. She said 25 out of 33 households in the vicinity had signed the petition.