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Duluth Economic Development Authority to consider apartment redevelopment projects

The proposed projects at 627 E. Fourth St. and 521 W. Second St. would be completed in 2023. DEDA is scheduled to discuss the projects and hear public comments at its meeting Wednesday.

FILE: Former St. Louis County Jail
The old St. Louis County Jail on Second Street in Duluth. (Steve Kuchera / 2013 file / News Tribune)
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The Duluth Economic Development Authority will review two resolutions for apartment complexes during its meeting Wednesday.

A public hearing will be held at the beginning of the meeting for the proposed redevelopment of the apartment complex at 627 E. Fourth St. The building would have at least 16 units, all of which would be for rent at a rate affordable to those earning 80% or less of the area's median income, according to the resolution. The project, proposed by Portland Land Co., LLC, of Duluth, includes at-grade parking stalls.

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(Gary Meader / gmeader@duluthnews.com)

The proposed cost of construction is just under $1.1 million. DEDA has committed to providing $126,000 for the project from existing redevelopment district pooled funds. If approved, construction would begin later this year with expected completion by February 2023.


Also scheduled for review is the development of the former St. Louis County Jail at 521 W. Second St. The proposed project, Burnham Apartments, would redevelop the building into 32 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and demolish the annex building. Of the 32 apartments at the proposed complex, at least four would be available for 60% or less of the area's median income, which is determined annually by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.

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(Gary Meader / gmeader@duluthnews.com)

The project is developed by 521 West 2nd Development, LLC of Duluth. Its construction cost is estimated at just under $8.3 million.

DEDA would provide up to $1.2 million for the project from a 26-year tax-increment financing plan. The establishment of TIF District No. 35 will be discussed in a public hearing at the start of Wednesday's meeting. A resolution approving the creation of the TIF district will also be on the July 6 Duluth City Council agenda, according to the resolution.


  • Duluth seeks grant to redevelop former St. Louis County Jail If the grant proves successful, DEDA would be expected to match the grant with local funds, dollar for dollar.
  • Project could unlock old St. Louis County Jail's potential The city of Duluth is being asked to support a request for state aid to help fund the purchase of new windows for the old St. Louis County Jail. The Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission already has weighed in with its support for the project, ...

If approved, construction on the Burnham Apartments would begin later this year, with expected completion by September 2023.
DEDA meets at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting can be accessed live at dulutheda.org/live-meeting . Written comments may be submitted to DEDA before the meeting at dulutheda.org/contact-us or by emailing cfleege@duluthmn.gov .

Laura Butterbrodt covers health for the Duluth News Tribune. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University and has been working as a reporter in Minnesota and South Dakota since 2014.
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