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Kenwood Shopping Center expansion approved

The city has approved an expansion and remodeling project at Kenwood Shopping Center. The center, which dates back to the early 1950s, is located at Kenwood Avenue and Arrowhead Road in Planning District 10. Plans call for a 7,200 square-foot add...

The city has approved an expansion and remodeling project at Kenwood Shopping Center.

  The center, which dates back to the early 1950s, is located at Kenwood Avenue and Arrowhead Road in Planning District 10. Plans call for a 7,200 square-foot addition to the grocery store, with remodeling, facade changes and landscaping.

According to submitted plans, the front of the center will get a new look with the addition of a Festival Foods facade. The expansion will be in the rear of the current Jubilee Foods, the liquor store, Little Caesar's Pizza and the former Hom Furniture.

The plans call for landscaping along the shopping center's Arrowhead Road frontage. Planning department staff report that sidewalks are included in the design for the reconstruction of Arrowhead Road scheduled for 2003.

The City Council approved the project without discussion Monday night, after the planning commission found there will be appropriate safeguards to protect property values in the neighborhood.

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Improving the Kenwood center was one of the community concerns that came out of the district planning meetings.

In other action, the council killed a resolution for the Duluth Economic Development Authority to purchase the former Arrowhead Medical Supply building on East Superior Street for $555,000.

"I do not think this is an efficient use of taxpayer's money," Councilor Greg Gilbert said. "... What we're doing is buying land on speculation that maybe we can sell it down the road."

Gilbert cited the Bridgeman-Russell building, which the city has been unable to unload, and the Phoenix Building, which he said has actually cost the city jobs.

Councilor Rob Stenberg favored the purchase. He agreed it was speculation, but with less risk due to the development of St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic.

"It's tough to do projects in Duluth," Councilor Neill Atkins said. "This is a tool to be able to hopefully move things along."

With Councilor Herb Bergson absent, the resolution failed on a 4-4 tie. Councilors Gilbert, Donny Ness, Russ Stover and Ken Hogg voted against it. Atkins, Stenberg, Russ Stewart and Jim Stauber favored the purchase.

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