Alaska life hack: Kenai borough land auction

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A Kenai Peninsula Borough land sale auction is scheduled for May 11. The live outcry auction, held at Soldotna High School beginning at 10 a.m. will also be simulcast. Property not sold will be available at a later date via secondary online-only auction.

The auction will feature 28 lots from Seward, Cooper Landing, Caribou Lake, Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai, Nikiski, Ninilchik and Anchor Point. In-person bidder registration starts at 9 a.m. on the day of the auction. Online registration is April 17 – May 9.

For more information and to view the borough’s complete brochure on land sales, go to KPB Land Sales at this link. Parcels offered for purchase are linked to the KPB GIS system for easy access to maps highlighting the property for sale.

Mayor Peter Micciche said, “It is a priority of this administration that KPB lands are made available for conversion to public ownership for the purpose of building our communities. The public outcry option is the fairest way for interested parties to participate versus the sealed bid or negotiated sales methods. An outcry auction allows each potential bidder to know the exact amount of each bid so they can gauge their individual interest accordingly.”

Borough land offered for sale comes from different sources, including municipal entitlement and tax foreclosure. Municipal entitlement lands are parcels selected by KPB from the State of Alaska. Land that is forfeited to the borough as a result of delinquent taxes is also made available for auction. Land available in the upcoming May auction includes substandard lots that may pose development challenges but still hold interest for some bidders.

Financing is available through the borough for 10% down and financed over 10 years. The interest rate on the seller financing will be 2% over the Fed Prime Rate as of May 10, 2024.

“We are encouraging transparent competitive bidding in the interest of fairness. The borough has distributed a lot of land in the past in ways that lack fairness and transparency and, in some cases, clearly not in the best interest of the borough or the public we serve. For me, it’s a purity thing. We want to get the highest value for the people of the borough. We have approached KPB land sales in a way that guarantees the fairest and most competitive method possible. In the future, we also want to be able to provide borough residents a first shot at these land sales. We are a borough that is about equal opportunity for all, not special treatment for a few,” Micciche said.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Oh, do you mean local government pinky swears not to try to take them back immediately as public policy for democrat playgrounds? Get out and vote democrat. C’mon now…

  2. I know Seward Bld. lots will go high priced, deep port and most scenic, lots of tourists, the states oldest foot race in Mt. Marathon, proud to have been born there, but there’s not much room for growth.
    Money should be used to off set high property taxes.

  3. I think that it is odd that there is a land auction going on at this time in our rocky political environment. I am going to bet that some foreigners are going to bid on those properties. Are these properties going to serve as residential areas for illegals?

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