Honoring Our Land
At CIHA, we do more than build homes; we help build communities. From cleaning up contaminated sites to incorporating community gardens and green spaces into our neighborhoods, we believe in respecting the land.
Reclaiming Contaminated Sites
CIHA has led efforts to clean up contaminated sites and develop properties on land that might otherwise go unused. CIHA has redeveloped brownfield sites—sites “complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant"—at numerous sites in Anchorage in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the State of Alaska, and other funding partners.
CIHA brownfield redevelopments include the Mountain View Lofts and Ridgeline Terrace developments in Mountain View. Our most recent Brownfield cleanup took place at the intersection of Chugach Way and Spenard Road in Spenard. With Support from the EPA and State of Alaska, and over the course of several years of assessment and remediation of more than 1800 tons of soil, the 1.7 acre site on Spenard Road is the future home of a mixed-use housing and commercial development.
At CIHA, we see these environmental cleanup efforts as opportunities to care for the land that brings our communities together and provide a catalyst for future redevelopment on surrounding properties.
Green Space and Community Gardens
At CIHA, we understand the importance of a clean environment and communal green space in the long-term revitalization of Anchorage’s core communities. CIHA developments thoughtfully incorporate green space, playgrounds, and community gardens whenever possible. The community garden at CIHA’s Loussac Place development, shown below, was developed in partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage in accordance with its Community Garden Strategic Plan, and our Centennial Wellness initiatives included the construction of XX raised garden plots on our senior campus. Spaces such as these help residents and community members engage with the space around them, and with each other.
The central component of the Creekside Town Center redevelopment efforts in the east Anchorage neighborhood of Muldoon included the restoration of Chester Creek. Known by the Dena’ina as Chanshtnu (or “Grass Creek”), the creek was placed in a channel to make way for development in the 1960s. As part of the area’s overall redevelopment and with support from the Municipality of Anchorage, Chester Creek has now been restored to its natural state, and more than 200 new housing units in the area enjoy the natural amenity that contributes to the community’s identify and connects it to the rest of Anchorage. Our future plans for the area include the completion of a trail along the creek to provide residents and community members with increased access to this revitalized waterway and its surrounding green space.