This legal notice was published in today’s Frontiersman:
The Alaska Mental Health Land Trust is giving legal notice that it is selling – via a negotiated sale – not a public sale or land auction – a large parcel of land near Palmer. If anyone objects, they have until March 13th to send in their comments via email or regular mail etc. (See the notice for the addresses.)
I wondered – where is this 365 acre parcel exactly? Why wasn’t this a public auction sale?
It turns out that the 365 acre parcel is located near the eastern bank of the Knik River, right next to the Knik Glacier. The property also seems to have a lake on it.
I also looked into the supposed buyer – the “Alaska Environmental Preservation LLC.” However, this company is not registered as a corporation in Alaska. And if you google the company, the only thing that shows up is the above legal notice. So, it is a complete mystery as to who owns this company or where it is registered.
Update: I found a company with the name “AK Environmental Preservation LLC” registered in Wyoming. However the address is for a corporate agent..so the true owner is still a mystery:
Somehow I doubt that the “Alaska Environmental Preservation LLC” was set up to preserve this wilderness land near the glacier.
Methinks this must be some sort of tourism or real estate development company. (Or maybe some wealthy person simply wants to built a log cabin mansion with a billion dollar view.) The Knik River Glacier area, which used to be very sleepy, is now a hot bed of tourism. This development was inevitable as this glacier is just a one hour drive from Anchorage.
The Knik River Lodge at the end of Knik River Road expanded a couple of years ago. There are now air boat tours and helicopter tours and 4-wheeler tours etc. in this area.
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s website is very difficult to navigate. I finally found more information about this proposed sale:
Then I checked the Mat-Su Borough Parcel Viewer:
This is the parcel that is going to be sold by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. It is where the blue star is located. The parcel with the question mark has “no info” on the parcel viewer so it is impossible to figure out who owns it. It could be the MSB or the State. The parcel marked with the red star is the Knik River Lodge.
Here is a photo of the new Knik River Lodge Building:
UPDATE: MORE INFO ON THE COMPANY BUYING LAND: