By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Survey shows community wants industrial development at mill property, not tourism


August 9, 2023

More than 110 people completed the borough’s online survey to gauge public opinion on preferred uses for the former 6-Mile sawmill property, and an overwhelming majority said they want to see resource or industrial use at the site — not tourism development.

“The community has less of a tolerance — almost none — to expand tourism into that area,” explained Kate Thomas, director of the Department of Economic Development, which ran the survey.

Residents don’t want to create two separate tourism areas downtown and at 6 Mile, and are concerned “that a large developer could come i...

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