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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.
Jan Swanson, a 50-year-old Lincoln Park resident, filed Thursday as a candidate for one of two at-large seats that will be up for election on the Duluth City Council this November. She will challenge incumbents Zack Filipovich and Barb Russ, who announced earlier this week they will both seek re-election. The race will mark Swanson's first run for an elected office, but she said she has been intrigued by politics since an early age.
St. Louis County has stepped up its efforts to coordinate with other local government units to put tax-forfeited properties back on the tax rolls. Two Duluth transactions currently in the works attest to that new spirit of collaboration: • A parcel of land being assembled for the anticipated construction of a Kwik Trip station near the corner of Boundary Avenue and Highway 2; • And an abandoned six-unit apartment building at 20 W. Fifth St. that One Roof Community Housing aims to restore and put back to use.
A would-be developer has been recommended for a 12-acre piece of waterfront property in downtown Duluth. On Wednesday morning, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson held a news conference to announce that a local development team led by Sandy Hoff and Alex Giuliani has been selected as the preferred entity to put the formerly industrial property, with more than 1,500 feet of shoreline, to a new use.
Duluth At Large City Councilors Barb Russ and Zack Filipovich have both announced plans to seek re-election this year. Filipovich, a 26-year-old accountant and former City Council president, said his priorities include enhancing community safety, fixing aging infrastructure, promoting economic equity and preserving the city’s natural spaces.
Reserving a Duluth city park or a field for an event just got a little easier. This week, the city plans to officially roll out a new online reservation system designed to make it simpler than ever to book a park for a wedding, a special event, a group picnic, some friendly competition or any other occasion. The online reservation service actually launched quietly last week, but Lindsay Dean, manager of Duluth's parks and recreation department, believes it's now ready for prime time.
They've been a long time coming, but public restrooms should finally be installed at Park Point's Lafayette Park this year. Park Point resident Dennis Hoelscher began the push for the project back in 2003, successfully seeking a grant to draw up plans for the restrooms. But subsequent efforts to fund construction of the facilities with the help of grants got tripped up when the city was unable to produce needed legal documentation to prove that it indeed owned Lafayette Park and the community center that sits there.
The Pastoret Terrace building, once home to the Kozy Bar, received another reprieve from its new owner, the Duluth Economic Development Authority, this week. A previous November request for proposals to redevelop the fire-damaged property at 129-131 E. First Street yielded just three plans, much to the surprise and disappointment of Heather Rand, the authority's executive director, who said she'd anticipated greater interest.
Revenue from Duluth’s tourism tax reached a new peak in 2016, climbing 6.6 percent above the previous record set last year. “It’s an all-time record for collections, and it continues the trend we’ve been seeing over the last number of years of steady growth in both our hotel-motel and food and beverage industries,” said Wayne Parson, Duluth’s chief financial officer. In all, the city’s tourism tax generated $11.34 million in 2016. Rooms rule