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Lincoln Park's Esmond Building demolished

The former Seaway Hotel was destroyed by fire Jan. 10.

Workers from Rachel Contracting watch as a wall is knocked in while they perform demolition work on the Esmond Building
Workers from Rachel Contracting watch as a wall is knocked in while they perform demolition work on the Esmond Building on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 16, 2022, in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. A fire on Jan. 10 destroyed the building.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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DULUTH — Crews demolished Lincoln Park's Esmond Building on Wednesday after a fire destroyed it Jan. 10.

Crews from Rachel Contracting knock an outer wall inward as they raze the Esmond Building
Crews from Rachel Contracting knock an outer wall inward as they raze the Esmond Building on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 16, 2022, in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said the fire at the former Seaway Hotel, 2001 W. Superior St., was likely started by someone who had sought shelter in the condemned building, but the official cause of the fire was listed as “undetermined" because it wasn't structurally sound enough for a thorough inspection.

The Esmond Building is razed
The Esmond Building is razed by crews from Rachel Contracting on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 16, 2022, in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority, owner of the Esmond Building, planned to demolish it before the fire and obtained the required permits in November.

Dust kicks up as debris falls while workers from Rachel Contracting perform demolition work on the Esmond Building
Dust kicks up as debris falls while workers from Rachel Contracting perform demolition work on the Esmond Building on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 16, 2022, in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Merge Urban Development Group, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, plans to build a new 45-unit apartment building in place of the Esmond. Construction is expected to begin in spring or early summer.

Debris falls as the Esmond Building is razed
Debris falls as the Esmond Building is razed by crews from Rachel Contracting on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 16, 2022, in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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