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After numerous delays, a development agreement for the NorShor Theatre restoration project appears to be close at hand. At a recent meeting, 4th District Duluth City Councilor Howie Hanson said...
A 12-acre parcel of prime waterfront land in Duluth could be up for grabs. On Friday, the Duluth Economic Development Authority issued a request for proposals for a piece of land west of the new Pier B Resort development, sandwiched between it and property belonging to Compass Minerals. The site's appraised value is $2.1 million.
Although Duluth City Councilors have not yet signed off on final plans for all the projects involved, they will be asked to approve multiple grant applications for parks and trails Monday. They could authorize the following grant requests for funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: • $250,000 for a 3.3-km Nordic ski center trail at the base of Spirit Mountain • $100,000 to implement portions of the Quarry Park Mini-Master Plan, involving a proposed new city park in West Duluth with seasonal ice-climbing features
Hundreds of Northland residents will make their annual pilgrimage to Minnesota's capitol this week to build support for projects in Duluth and other parts of St. Louis County. This will be the 19th consecutive year for Duluth & St. Louis County at the Capitol, and the event is still going strong with 465 people plus 54 vendors registered for the reception tonight and a capacity crowd of 264 people signed up for a legislative breakfast on Thursday morning.
Students, staff and employers all made the case for a new $40.8 million Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus during a round-table discussion led by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith Tuesday morning. Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed $27.2 million in state bonding support for the project as part of a $1.4 billion bill that faces an uncertain future in the state legislature.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson announced Tuesday that she aims to double the number of miles of street the city improves this year. "Last year, I made a commitment to the residents of Duluth that I would prioritize streets and infrastructure, and today, just about 11 weeks into my term, I'm really proud to make good on that commitment," Larson said at a news conference she called in the city's toolhouse.
A newly adopted policy could make the city of Duluth a more inviting place for bees and other pollinators in the future. By a unanimous vote last week, the Duluth City Council resolved to stop using neonicotinoid pesticides on city property and instructed staff members to do their best to steer clear of plants that have been treated with the insecticide. However, councilors offered one exception — authorizing the use of neonicotinoids to protect high-value ash trees from the spreading threat of emerald ash borers.
As expected, the Duluth City Council unanimously took two actions this week that should open the way for the former St. Peter's church building to be transformed into a fine arts school. The council passed an ordinance designating the building at 818 W. Third St. a local historic landmark and also approved an interim use permit allowing its new owner, Jeffrey Larson, to open a school he aims to call the Great Lakes Academy of Fine Arts on the site.
The city attorney's offices, located on the fourth floor of Duluth's City Hall building, are slated to be remodeled and expanded this summer. On Monday night, the Duluth City Council passed a resolution by an 8-1 vote authorizing the project and awarding the job to Four Star Construction. The Superior-based firm was one of four outfits that bid for the work, and it reportedly submitted the least expensive complete bid, coming in with a cost of $164,211.
A vision for an upgraded and more compact Lake Superior Zoo moved closer to reality Monday night, when the Duluth City Council voted in unanimous support of a concept plan. The project has an initial estimated total price tag of $15.8 million, but Jim Filby Williams, Duluth's director of public administration expects that figure to come into sharper focus as more detailed plans are developed. He has offered assurances that interested members of the public still will have an opportunity to weigh in on those emerging plans for the zoo and surrounding Fairmount Park this spring.