Regarding the March 1 story, “Duluth high-rise construction could be back on track this fall,” about the 15-story high-rise apartment building to be built on Superior Street at Fourth Avenue East in Duluth, I want to point out some discrepancies as to the desirability of this project.
First, to have 200 apartments and three townhomes, plus retail, crammed into this small space will add so much more congestion of people and vehicles to this area.
Second, the article called this area the Duluth Commercial Historic District. This building will be ultra-modern and does not fit that description.
Third, the article quoted Adam Fulton, deputy director of Duluth’s planning and economic development division, saying that “the mixed-use building will complement the area without blocking too much of the lake view, thanks to the steep grade of the hillside behind the development.” I disagree. I live in the tallest high-rise up the hill (14 floors) on the 12th floor facing the lake, and this 15-story building will take one of the last remaining lake views between Essentia Health and the Sheraton hotel. The city of Duluth, like so many other cities with beautiful views, should have planned graduated housing going down to the lake wherever it could so the largest number of people could share the beauty. That can still be done.
The article made it sound like we are being done a favor by this developer through the cleaning out of old buildings and the revitalization of this area. In my opinion, we are the ones doing the favor — and at a high cost to this very special area of the city.
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