Sealaska Buys Pit in Downtown Juneau

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

Sealaska Corporation has purchased the so-called pit in the center of downtown Juneau for a Southeast Alaska Native Cultural and Visitors Center.

Sealaska executive vice president Rick Harris admits he feels like a lot of Capital City residents, who are tired of looking at the vacant lot on the corner of Front and Seward streets. It was once the site of the Juneau Towne Center, destroyed by fire in 2004.  Also known as the Skinner and Endicott building, the wooden structure on pilings was 108 years old when it burned.

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