By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Appraisal of land where Aleutian Village sits discussed in city report

Cost falls within estimates made a year ago but does not include improvements

 


The land where Aleutian Village sits has an appraisal - and some might consider it a bargain.

The unimproved value of the land is $15,963 per acre according to a report submitted to the Valdez City Council by Elke Doom, the city manager.

This could be good news to the residents of the trailer park, who have been left in limbo since the company that currently owns the park - a real estate holding company owned by the Aleut Corp. - sent out mass eviction notices giving mobile home owners in the park one year to vacate the property.

That was in 2015.

City officials quickly moved to intervene with the evictions, which the Aleut Corp. said was coming because it had decided to exit the mobile home park business.

The land was leased from ADOT by the Aleut Corp .; the City of Valdez had the land appraised in hopes of buying it from the state to save the park.

The appraisal - which was completed by Alaska Appraisal and Consulting Group - came in at an estimated $555,000 for 34.768 acres of land.

"A phase 1 Environmental Report was provided to the appraisal company that states no environmental issues or concerns were disclosed," Doom's report said. "Aleutian Village Mobile Home Park consists of 27.67 acres. The adjoining 7.098 acres was included in the appraisal bringing the total to 34.768 acres."


In support of the project, the city commissioned environmental studies to ensure the land is not contaminated with hazardous materials or in need of remediation.

City government has a long history with the trailer park.

The land was once leased by the City of Valdez from ADOT, and then sublet to the Aleut Corp.

Twelve years ago, Valdez pulled out of the lease with the state for the land in favor of the Aleut Corp. leasing it directly from ADOT.

There were stipulations, however, that required the Aleut Corp. bring the park up to code.

The Aleut Corp. signed a contract with the city, agreeing that it would hook up the park's trailers to city water and sewer, pave the road and bring the electric system up to code. The roads were paved and much of the infrastructure was built but never completed; most mobile homes in the park were never hooked up to the upgrades.

In support of the project, city officials commissioned a study on the socio-economic status on the park's residents, sought federal block grants for renewal of the area and obtained concessions from the Aleut Corp. on the eviction deadline.

 

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