The newly appointed Citizens Advisory Committee suggested the new name for the prison. The newly updated prison web site gives information on upcoming milestones for the project, estimated to cost more than $250 million.
PALMER – The new, official name of the coming $219 million MAT-SU prison is Goose Creek Correctional Center.A newly appointed Citizens Advisory Committee suggested the name for the prison, and the Alaska Department of Corrections and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough agreed. The new moniker links the prison name to a nearby tributary flowing into Knik Arm. The five-member Citizens Advisory Committee held its first meeting recently, electing Gordon Attaliades as Chair, and Greg Bell as Vice Chair. The other three members are: Lynn Gattis, Art Scates, and Toby Ridell. All are Borough residents. The Citizens Advisory Committee was formed by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly to help address community-related concerns that arose during the site selection process as well as concerns that may arise during the design, construction, and operation of the prison.
The MAT-SU Borough is actively including the Citizens Advisory Committee in project milestones. For example, the Committee is invited to observe the presentations of the three prospective design/build teams that are competing for the prison contract."The Department of Corrections is looking forward to working with the Committee during the construction of the project as well as future operations," said Ted Kinney, Facilities Manager with the Alaska Dept. of Corrections. Kinney said Garland Armstrong, the Department's Director of Institutions, will work directly with the Committee. Armstrong is in charge of all institutions, Kinney said. The Committee will hold regular meetings the first Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m., at the Point MacKenzie Public Safety Building (Station 6-4). These are public meetings and citizens with comments or questions are encouraged to attend.