Lincoln Park's Esmond Building demolished
The former Seaway Hotel was destroyed by fire Jan. 10.
DULUTH — Crews demolished Lincoln Park's Esmond Building on Wednesday after a fire destroyed it Jan. 10.
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 Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority, owner of the Esmond Building, planned to demolish it before the fire and obtained the required permits in November.
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.