Ice Alaska Pushing Borough for Land Swap

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The group that runs the World Ice Art Championships is pressing the Fairbanks Borough assembly to push a land swap with the Alaska Railroad.

Ice Alaska is facing a major lease hike for the Railroad land where it runs the popular ice sculpture Park each March, and has proposed a trade of borough land for the ice park property and adjacent real estate along the Chena River.

Ice Alaska and the railroad have long haggled over the lease, and negotiations between the borough and the railroad to hammer out a new arrangement have stalled.

Ice Alaska Chairman Dick Brickley spoke to the Borough Assembly last week, telling members he wants them to make the land swap a priority.

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