WASILLA — A family-owned construction company likes what it sees these days along Bogard Road in Wasilla.
From an already-constructed business center to the purchase of two lots — all within roughly a quarter-mile of each other — H5 Construction is hoping to add to the range of mixed-use businesses along a stretch of East Bogard from Peck Street to Seward Meridian Parkway.
Both acre-plus lots have been cleared, with one location already in the planning stages for a retail office building.
“We did find that clearing the lots and putting up really nice signs got people talking,” said Jerad Hacker, one of H5’s owners. “We have been getting some calls.”
Hacker said the company’s Frazier’s Way Business Park was a jumping off project of sorts for the firm, whose principals — like Jerad’s father Jim — have been in the construction business in Alaska for years.
The business park was named for Frazier Smith, the stepfather of Jerad’s mother Lisa and the initial owner of the land on which the building sits. That five-acre tract goes all the way to Wasilla Lake, and has been in the family since the 1970s, Lisa Hacker said.
“We kind of went out on a limb with this building,” Jerad said of Frazier’s Way, adding that most of the facility was eventually leased out to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Department. The H5 offices take up a spot in the corner of the 5,000-square-foot building.
Along with the planned office building on the roughly once-acre parcel on the north side of Bogard, a larger, 1.6-acre lot farther to the east has a prime view of Wasilla Lake.
“We have been in talks with a chiropractor and a salon for leases in that building,” Hacker said. “People are interested in that area because of the view.”
Hacker said the company likes Bogard because of its traffic pattern and mix of medical and industrial clientele.
“Bogard gets around 10,000 cars a day, and it’s a wide variety,” Hacker said. “It’s not like Knik-Goose Bay that gets 18,000 a day but they are all the same people.”
He said the stretch of Bogard is similar to the Palmer-Wasilla Highway with its mixed use, but Bogard “looks a little more ordered.”
“When you look at the businesses, there are the industrial supply guys like Keller Supply and Ferguson, then farther down the medical offices at North Fork,” Hacker said. “We are looking forward to adding to the mix.”
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