The Duluth Economic Development Authority previously had been ordered by Judge Eric Hylden to take steps to brace up and preserve the fire-damaged Pastoret Terrace and Paul Robeson Ballroom buildings, formerly home to the Kozy Bar and Apartments.
But in lieu of preservationists coming up with a $140,000 security bond, the authority will likely hold pat.
Chris Fleege, director of Duluth's planning and economic development division, referred to the unposted bond as "some good news." However, he told DEDA commissioners that if preservationists come up with sufficient funds to post the required bond at any time in the future, "We would have to pull you together to approve moving forward with that work."
The next court hearing in the case —which pits DEDA against the buildings' former owner, Eric Ringsred, and a group of fellow preservationists called Respect Starts Here — is slated for Dec. 20.
- Kozy supporters unable to raise $140,000 bond
- Kozy defenders ordered to post $140,000 in legal battle
"Our hope is that we won't have to invest a whole lot more money, beyond just keeping it secure and safe," Fleege said, calling the pause "a good outcome for us."