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New details about a prospective waterfront development have emerged in an option agreement that will go to a vote of the Duluth Economic Development Authority Wednesday night. If it is approved, local developers Sandy Hoff and Alex Giuliani will have until April 30, 2018 to put together a development agreement and potentially exercise an option to purchase Lot D — a 12-acre piece of waterfront property located to the west of Bayfront Festival Park and its next-door neighbor, the recently opened Pier B Resort Hotel.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson demonstrated no timidity in taking on some of the city's big challenges Monday night during her second-ever State of the City address. Speaking to an audience assembled at the Lincoln Park Middle School auditorium, Larson laid out three priorities for the coming year: • Taking hold of the opioid epidemic; • Boosting the city's inventory of affordable housing; • And reducing the city's use of fossil fuels.
The Duluth City Council unanimously resolved to tackle the adverse effects of homelessness this past week. It's not the first time councilors have vowed to address the issue, but so far little tangible progress has come of those efforts, noted Joel Kilgour, an advocate for people experiencing homelessness and a member of Loaves and Fishes. He praised the latest resolution yet held councilors to account, citing what he called "three uncomfortable facts."
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson will present her annual "State of the City" address on Monday in the Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium, 3215 W. Third St. The doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m., with the program slated to begin at 6 p.m. Larson's speech, "Lead by Being," will be broadcast live on KBJR-TV. A free Duluth Transit Authority shuttle service to and from the event will run from the Harrison Community Center, 3002 W. Third St., between 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.
After a year and a half of leading Duluth's parks and recreation department, Lindsay Dean will pack her bags for New York City at the end of this week. Dean has been hired by New York Cares, a nonprofit that works to mobilize New Yorkers to volunteer and lend a hand in the city's parks, schools and public spaces. Jim Filby Williams, Duluth's director of public administration, said Dean's contributions to the parks and rec department were many, including the strong team of staff she wove together and will leave behind as a lasting legacy.
After repeatedly tabling a resolution that would have granted a controversial permit allowing a condominium at Beacon Pointe to operate as a vacation rental property, the Duluth City Council rejected that request Monday night. By a 2-7 vote, the council turned down the request, with Councilors Jay Fosle and Noah Hobbs standing together in support of the resolution. Council President Joel Sipress, who represents Duluth's 2nd District, including the Endion neighborhood where Beacon Pointe is located, explained his opposition to granting the permit.
The Duluth City Council is expected to sign off Monday night on a $40,000 study of the Woodland fire hall. If a proposed resolution is approved, TKDA will be hired to assess the condition of Fire Hall No. 11 and evaluate the pros and cons of adding onto the existing station versus building a new structure. The existing hall first opened in 1922. Among the options that will be considered is the possibility of replacing the hall with a new building designed to operate in a self-sufficient manner, with no need for outside energy.
A 29-year-old Superior man was arrested early Saturday for driving the wrong way on Interstate 35. At 2:44 a.m., the Carlton County dispatch service began receiving calls about a vehicle traveling south in the northbound lane of the freeway.
The Duluth City Council will take up an ordinance Monday that could establish the rules of the road for transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, that have been expanding into new markets and have expressed an interest in Duluth. Monday will mark the first reading of the ordinance, and the council won't be able to act upon it until March 27.
On Monday night, the Duluth City Council will decide whether to extend for a 12th time the terms of a loan made to Northstar Aerospace. The city secured a $500,000 Minnesota Investment Fund loan for the manufacturer of aircraft components to expand its Duluth operations in 2007. Republic Bank and Duluth's 1200 Fund both proffered matching loans of equal value, providing the company with a total infusion of $1.5 million. Facility improvements were expected to lead to the creation of another 50 jobs in Duluth when the loans were approved.