The owner of Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska has received approval to buy the land at a price that has yet to be determined. The planned expansion will include adding a ski slope, wildlife viewing area and improved Aurora Borealis viewing facilities.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved the sale of 1,400 acres of land to Chena Hot Springs Resort owner Bernie Karl, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.
The sale is the culmination of years of work on both the part of the borough and Karl while including the input of recreational users and miners, News-Miner reported.
“I didn’t think it should take this long, but do I think this is the best interest of all parties? Yes. Did I give up a lot to get to this place? Yes,” Karl said. “I believe it’s not just in the best interest of the borough but the best interest of Alaska.
The land will be used to expand the offerings of the Fairbanks, Alaska resort to include a ski slope, a wildlife viewing area and improved Aurora Borealis viewing facilities. Karl will buy the land for fair-market value, which has yet to be determined, News-Miner reported.
Assemblyman Guy Sattley expressed concern about the price, saying he would rather have waited to see the results of the assessment. He was the sole dissenting vote, News-Miner reported.
Chena Hot Springs Resort is a small Alaskan community that offers healing mineral waters in a natural hot springs rock lake and Aurora Borealis displays that occur 200 nights a year.advertise