Downtown Duluth Office Building Plans Shrinking

Posted at: 10/28/2013 10:25 PM | Updated at: 10/28/2013 10:35 PM
By: Alan Hoglund

The plan for what's been called the largest downtown commercial development in Duluth history is getting smaller.

Presenting in front of city councilors Monday night, Chris Eng, the director of business and economic development, said plans now are to build a tower between 10 and 12 stories tall.

The original plans for the building on the 400 block of West Superior Street called for 15 stories. Additional stories of office space are no longer included because of concerns they could create additional vacancies downtown, Eng said.

Total parking spaces on the property are also decreasing. Eng said the intent was for 600 spaces, but that proposal has been cut to 500 spaces, which will take up between four to five floors of building space.

Maurices is the $70 million building's major tenant, committing $50 million to the project's overall cost, according to a news release. It said three million dollars will come from the developer AtWater Group, and an $8.5 million Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development grant will be matched by the City of Duluth.

The new building will allow Maurices to add 150 jobs in Duluth, according to President George Goldfarb. The company will occupy five to six floors of office space. Meanwhile AtWater plans to develop commercial and retail space on the Superior Street ground level and is seeking a restaurant, coffee shop and other commercial and retail tenants.

Eng said the project is on track for completion in December of 2015, with demolition likely beginning in the spring of next year.

New building design images will be released before the end of the year.

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