Anchorage no longer buying Alaska club for homeless shelter

    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - Acting Anchorage Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson has announced that the city was no longer planning to purchase the former Alaska Club building to become a new homeless shelter for those displaced because of the pandemic.

    Quinn-Davidson said in a statement Wednesday that the city discovered additional costs for roof replacement, plumbing repairs, and foundation damages to the permanently closed gym that would significantly raise the price of purchasing the building.

    She said the city will continue to look for other properties to build the additional shelter outside of downtown Anchorage.

    The property was part of a plan by former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to buy four buildings for homeless and treatment services.

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