An Alaska Native Corporation recently purchased property at the base of the Homer Spit, but, according to a spokesperson for the company, plans for the land’s use are still in the early stages.
On March 10, Doyon, Limited purchased 4.5 acres of land known as Lighthouse Village on Homer Spit Road.
“We know Homer is renowned for the natural beauty, wildlife viewing, and fishing opportunities found in Kachemak Bay,” Cheyenna Kuplack, communications manager with Doyon, said via email. “However, given the early stages of this potential project, there are no firm plans available to share.”
Kuplack said the company is in the early stages of a planning project with Na-Dena’, a joint venture between Doyon and Huna Totem Corporation that aims to expand sustainable tourism in Alaska.
Kuplack said that when Na-Dena’ was announced in February of 2022, Doyon “committed to a holistic approach to statewide tourism, connecting the modern-day traveler with historic traditions to explore opportunities for tourism growth in Alaska.”
Headquartered in Fairbanks, Doyon, Limited was established under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and has more than 20,400 shareholders.
Doyon has subsidiaries in oil field services, government contracting and tourism. It is also the largest private landowner in Alaska and one of the largest in North America, according to the Doyon Limited website.
“Its mission is to continually enhance its position as a financially strong Native corporation in order to promote the economic and social well-being of its shareholders and future shareholders, to strengthen its Native way of life, and to protect and enhance its land and resources,” according to the website.
Though a potential project is in very early stages, Doyon requested and received delivery of a traffic impact analysis with Kinney Engineering from the City of Homer. The City of Homer resolution 23-060 to authorize the traffic impact analysis was passed and adopted by the Homer City Council on June 12.
“The City is in the idea and discussion phase, not building or implementation at this point,” Rob Dumouchel, Homer city manager, said.
For more information about Doyon, Limited, visit www.doyon.com.