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Duluth Planning Commission OKs zoning change for former Rockridge school

(File / News Tribune)

The Duluth Planning Commission voted to recommend a zoning change for the Rockridge Elementary School site Tuesday evening.

The proposed change in designation from “residential-traditional” to “residential-planned” could open the door a bit wider for the 17-acre parcel that was home to a now-shuttered school to be redeveloped.

The school district had initially sought to have the property rezoned “urban residential,” a label that could have allowed for the construction of a multi-unit housing development up to four stories tall.

The Duluth City Council will weigh in next, after two public readings of the proposed zoning change. The first of these readings is expected to occur May 27.

The school district sought a less-restrictive zoning for the property, at 4849 Ivanhoe St., in hopes of increasing the market of interested buyers. The property has been listed for $1.45 million.