State approves Wasilla's bid to grow

Zaz Hollander

WASILLA -- Wasilla has added a little over 76 acres to its 12-square-mile territory with state approval of an annexation sought by city officials on just west of city limits along the Parks Highway.

The state Local Boundaries Commission unanimously approved the addition of the 76.6-acre parcel owned by development company Avanti Corp. back in October, when it became effective, according to Brent Williams, local government specialist with the commission. The state certificated the annexation earlier this month.

Nobody lives on the annexed parcel but there is a business: Denali Family Restaurant. Avanti is owned by Pete Zamarello, a now local developer who made his fortune in Anchorage in the heyday of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

The property owner asked the city and the city asked the state for the annexation, Williams said. The commission's approval means Avanti gets access to city water which "can be extended at the owner's expense."

Wasilla's newest section lies south of the highway, in an area of a planned upgrade by the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities that includes a proposal for a divided highway, an unpopular bid with local businesses and city officials.

Reach Zaz Hollander at or 257-4317.