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Duluth-based developers purchase Intrepid Building

The relocation of Gregorich and Matack Family Dental's practice to the building is anticipated in the spring.

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The Intrepid Building is located at 230 E. Superior St. in Duluth.
Katie Rohman / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — Investment into the Historic Arts and Theater District downtown continues as the Intrepid Building at 230 E. Superior St. was recently purchased.

Two Duluth-based developers, Titanium Partners CEO Brian Forcier, as well as Gregorich and Matack Family Dental owner Joe Gregorich, have plans to renovate the 70-year-old structure.

Construction of the first floor will begin this year and is anticipated to be complete by spring 2023, Forcier said. The exterior will receive a facelift to preserve the appearance while enhancing it with lighting, signage and a new entrance, he added.

Titanium Partners will serve as the developer, leasing representative and property manager. The developer is working with several local businesses who are interested in relocating to the site, Forcier said. Tenant CF Design plans to relocate to 310 E. Superior St. by the end of the year, and continues to operate out of the Intrepid Building until further notice. Other tenants, Yellow Bird Fine Art, have already relocated.

The 16,800-square-foot, two-story office building is positioned directly across from Greysolon Plaza on the corner of Third Avenue East and Superior Street, between the Zeitgeist Arts Building and Duluth Trading Co .

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Building on a city street
The Intrepid Building at 230 E. Superior St. in Duluth. Two Duluth-based developers, Titanium Partners CEO Brian Forcier, as well as Gregorich and Matack Family Dental owner Joe Gregorich, have plans to renovate the 70-year-old structure.
Katie Rohman / Duluth News Tribune

Over the years, it's housed Johnson Motors, Ketola Furniture, Lew Bonn Co., WDSM radio and television, KBJR-TV Channel 6, New London Corp., Art in the Alley and more. The site was restored in 2000 after a devastating fire in 1997.

Today, the HART District is home to theaters, restaurants, shops, a casino, lodging, condominiums, apartments and Essentia Health’s Vision Northland project .

Recent investments into the HART District, such as Essentia Health’s $900 million Vision Northland project, which is expected to be completed next spring, served as the main economic driver for the recent purchase of the Intrepid Building, Forcier said.

“We are excited for this opportunity for continued investment and development in the Historic Arts and Theatre (HART) District,” said Forcier, in a news release. “The property itself is well situated in an area with safe, convenient parking, good visibility, and a great sense of community. It will make an amazing property for our current and future tenants."

The council action overturns a previous decision by the Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission.

Titanium Partners has been involved in multiple projects during the renovation of the HART District. The company purchased the building at 120 E. Superior St., which formerly housed The Last Place on Earth . It was later sold to Blacklist Brewing Co. , and is currently home to Duluth's Best Bread .

Renovation of the Temple Opera Building at 211 E. Superior St. was also completed by Titanium Partners in 2019-2020. It is now home to Bell Bank .

"We've noticed Titanium Partners has made a number of investments in downtown Duluth over the last few years. It's great to see others as excited about the future of downtown Duluth as we are. We've met with Brian and Joe and they see a bright future in downtown Duluth, and we're excited for them," said Tony Cuneo , executive director of Zeitgeist.

Gregorich and Matack Family Dental's practice plans to relocate from 421 E. Fourth St. to the Intrepid Building to be near its large patient base from Essentia next spring, Gregorich said.

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The dental practice was founded in 1953 by Dr. Mark Chart. The original location was above the Break Room bar (formerly the Twins Bar ), and moved to its current location in the 1970s, when Kim Chart took over for his father.

Gregorich joined Kim in 2011. Nick Mattick joined the practice in 2017. Since then, their operations have grown with a need for additional space and the ability to add another full-time dentist to their staff of two.

Enclosed parking for patients will be available in the Sheraton/Medical District Ramp across the street of the Intrepid Building.

"We are both living our dream practicing dentistry in our hometown," Gregorich said. "The move will accommodate the growing patient base. We are adding three new operatories, including new hygiene cleaning for patients. I'm very proud to be improving upon the legacy of the practice."

This story was updated at 9:43 a.m. Sept. 22 to correct information about Intrepid Building tenants. CF Design continues to operate out of the building, with plans to relocate to 310 E. Superior St. by the end of 2022. Yellow Bird Fine Arts, in the former space of Art in the Alley, has already relocated. The story was originally posted at 5:17 p.m. Sept. 19. The News Tribune regrets the errors.

Brielle Bredsten is the business reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Professional Writing & Technical Communication, with minors in Advertising and Creative Writing from Metropolitan State University, in addition to a two-year professional paid internship as reporter/editor of the student newspaper.

She is an award-winning professional writer, photographer and editor based in rural Minnesota. Over the past decade, Brielle Bredsten has contributed more than 1,000 articles, feature stories, non-profit press-releases, photographs and columns. Her work has been published in several community newspapers.

Send her story tips, feedback or just say hi at bbredsten@duluthnews.com.
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