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Assembly approves tax abatement for Fairview

first_imgAnchorage’s Fairview neighborhood now has a new tool to encourage development – a tax abatement incentive. The Assembly voted unanimously to approve the measure on Tuesday night.Part of Fairview, including the area between Ingra and Gambell, is known as being deteriorated—the infrastructure is old and the buildings are falling apart. Chronic inebriates frequent the area.To change that, area businesses and residents proposed creating a tax abatement.“How it works is if a developer needs to put in public infrastructure as part of the project–a new waterline, sewer line, storm drains, roads, all of those things that are owned by the public–they would be able to write those off against their property taxes until it was paid off,” explained Fairview Business Association Project Manager Paul Fuhs. “After that they would pay full assessment on their property.”To encourage developers to build high-density housing, the municipality will offer a full construction write-off.Fuhs said the age and expense of replacing the current 50-year-old infrastructure deters investment in the area. This will fix that, and could change the neighborhood in other ways as well.“We also hope that changing the architecture of the area and what’s there will change the way people behave. And right now, if it’s kind of skuzzy this is where people will hang out to drink and deal drugs and prostitution. So by changing the physical character of it, we’re going to change the real character of our neighborhood.”Local business owner Heidi Heinrich glowed with happiness after hearing the Assembly pass the measure. “It’s so encouraging and leaves us so fulfilled to move on and do more.”She said that includes solving the problem of chronic inebriates in the community.The tax abatement plan was modeled on a similar project in Tacoma, Washington that led to increased multifamily housing and tax income to the city.The municipality’s lawyer said it’s unclear if creating the tax abatement area in Fairview will set a precedent and necessitate that the Assembly give other deteriorated areas the same benefits.last_img read more

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Top luxuryforless destinations for Aussie travellers

first_imgTop luxury-for-less destinations for Aussie travellersAs the Aussie dollar continues to lose ground, the latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) fromHotels.com™, which compares hotel prices paid* in the first six months of 2015 with the same period in 2014, has revealed no fewer than ten destinations globally where Aussies experienced five-star hotel luxury for under $250 per night.It was a tale of ‘East meets West’, with destinations in Asia and Europe making up the most affordable destinations for where Aussies could experience luxury hotel accommodation.Warsaw in Poland represented the best-value destination for five-star accommodation, costing Aussies only $143 on average in terms of the price paid per night.Brussels, Belgium ranked as the second best-value destination for five-star accommodation, where travellers paid on average just $191 per night. Berlin, Bangkok, Budapest, Delhi, Guangzhou, Lisbon, Mumbai and Istanbul also topped the list of destinations for best-value five-star accommodation.The HPI is a regular report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid* for their accommodation and providing valuable insight into the reasons behind these changes. The data is drawn from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the Hotels.com websites worldwide.“Aussies are spoilt for choice when it comes to premium destinations that won’t cost a fortune. While travellers may find they don’t have as much spending power as they did a year ago, they’ll be pleased to know that there are exotic destinations – from Berlin to Guangzhou and Lisbon – where they can enjoy premier accommodation on a shoestring budget,” said Katherine Cole, Regional Director, Australia, New Zealand & Singapore for the Hotels.com brand.Ms Cole added: “With the widest range of hotel choices, competitive deals, and user-friendly technology, Hotels.com is the ideal place to find a luxury escape that won’t break the bank.”Travellers are advised to check Guest Review ratings as there is no universal star rating system. Each country has its own and, in some cases, more than one. This means that travellers should be aware of a possible disparity of standards and facilities when booking rooms with the same star ratings in different countries. Guest Reviews make the process of finding the best hotel for travellers more obvious, with each property receiving a rating of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent or Outstanding based on a 5-point scale. Travellers can easily find the highest rated hotels by looking for the “Loved by Guests” badge and can filter reviews by trip type (i.e. family, business, romance, etc.) or see the time of year the reviewer travelled to get a better sense of the individual’s experience.The latest Hotels.com HPI also revealed that the Mexican resort town of Cancun took out the top city in the world among those analysed where Australians paid the most for five-star accommodation, at $733 per night. Paris ($689), LA ($650) and New York ($594) came in second, third and fourth place respectively. Hotels.comSource = Hotels.comlast_img read more

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