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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.
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.