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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
A proposed new 80-unit apartment building moved one step closer to reality Monday, when the Duluth City Council unanimously passed a resolution to provide a $278,000 tax abatement package for the development.
The Rev. Tom Asbury wants members of his congregation to think of their church as more than a place to gather in prayer on Sundays. Toward that end, Duluth's Eastridge Community Church is seeking a zoning change that would allow for it to put up a new community/wellness center at the northeast corner of Rice Lake Road and Norton Road. The proposed zoning change could also open the door for further development of the 30-plus acres of land the church owns there.
On Monday, the Duluth City Council will consider a proposal to provide $278,000 in aid to help build a new 80-unit apartment building in Duluth Heights. If approved, the package would offer the assistance via a city tax abatement, in hopes that St. Louis County would follow suit with another $250,000 tax abatement of its own for the proposed Capstone Apartment project. In total, Capstone LLC would then receive assistance worth $528,000 for a project expected to cost more than $14.6 million.
Renee Van Nett intends to join the race for 4th District Duluth City Councilor Howie Hanson's seat by the end of this week. Van Nett's campaign issued a release Wednesday stating that she intends to formally announce her candidacy Friday afternoon at a press conference in Lincoln Park. Hanson, a web developer and blogger, said last week he will not seek re-election, citing conflicts of interest involving clients that occasionally have arisen during his tenure on the council.
A proposal to turn a condominium at Beacon Pointe's Lighthouse building into a vacation rental property has now twice been tabled by the Duluth City Council. And although the city's planning commission voted 6-1 to recommend approval of a permit that would allow the unit's owner to rent out the property to guests on a short-term basis, residents of the waterfront condo development have continued to argue in vociferous opposition.
Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson will trade in his suit and tie for an anorak and a pair of heavy Trans-Alaska boots next week, as he journeys north to prepare for an unexpected entrance in the grueling 1,000-plus-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Duluth's 4th District City Council race heated up Tuesday afternoon, as Tom Furman announced he will seek the seat now occupied by Howie Hanson. Meanwhile, the incumbent councilor said he won't seek another term. "I will not run for re-election next fall, exclusively due to growing business conflicts of interest," said Hanson in a written statement. "I have mostly enjoyed my three-plus years on the council, and I have learned a lot. A lot."
Tackling a diverse agenda, the Duluth City Council moved forward on three significant fronts Monday night: Setting the stage for new residential and commercial development below Spirit Mountain. Authorizing extra police overtime to fight drug trafficking in partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Approving funding to beef up the city's rental housing inspections. Kayak Bay Village By an 8-1 vote, councilors approved a proposed zoning change to open the way for a new development dubbed Kayak Bay Village.