In December 2020, Docks & Harbors completed Phase I of the Downtown Waterfront Improvement project which expanded the Seawalk and added a bus staging area. This property owned by CBJ is recognized as Archipelago Lot 2A. The term Archipelago is often used by CBJ staff and downtown patrons to generally describe this area. Docks & Harbors staff has contemplated other appropriate names which would provide wayfinding opportunities to this area along the waterfront, but none were generally descriptive to the new development. In September, Ms. Crystal Worl, in partnership with CBJ and Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI), created and installed a 60 foot by 28 foot mural of Elizabeth Peratrovich along the face of the southeast wall of the Marine Parking Garage. This mural is now a prominent feature along the waterfront.
At its October 28 regular meeting, the Docks & Harbors Board voted to recommend the Assembly change the name of this area from Archipelago Lot 2A to Peratrovich Plaza. Docks & Harbors has consulted with Elizabeth’s son (Roy Jr.) and Elizabeth’s granddaughter (Betsy) as well as the artist and SHI. All have had favorable responses to the name change.
The Assembly Human Resources Committee reviewed this at its meeting on January 10, 2021. The Systemic Racism Review Committee considered this ordinance at its December 14, 2021, meeting, and forwarded it to the Assembly.