Updated: 02/26/2014 9:55 PM
Created: 02/26/2014 9:49 PM WDIO.com
By: Alan Hoglund
The sale of Duluth’s Seaway Hotel is one step closer to completion.
The Duluth Economic Development Authority approved a $230,000 loan agreement in their Wednesday afternoon meeting, according to a tweet from Emily Larson, a city councilor. The money will go to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority to buy the building, which is one of the last remaining in the city providing low-income housing.
Eyewitness News first reported that the HRA had entered into a purchase agreement with the Seaway’s owner in early January. Then, Duluth Planning and Construction Services Director Keith Hamre explained that the Seaway was condemned in July of 2012 when it needed emergency repairs after flooding. The city lifted the order a few months later and gave the owner a year to make other changes, including professional property management.
Hamre said the Seaway was operating without a rental license and could have been vacated by an order from the fire chief. However, he said “we did not want to do that without trying to exhaust every potential solution.”
The HRA hoped to purchase the Seaway by March, and after that they’d begin making repairs.
City Council President Linda Krug said the DEDA loan agreement still needs to be approved by the city council. She said it will likely be on an agenda early next month.
Douglas County Authorities Seeking Wanted Sex Offender
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help finding a sex offender who broke parole.
Minn. Deer Harvest Expected to be Lowest in Decades
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects this year's deer harvest will be one of the lowest in decades. But, that's by design.
Great Lakes Water Levels Rise to Above Average
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit says water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron are above average this season for the first time since 1998.
Authorities Investigating Possible Homicide on the Fond Du Lac Reservation
Authorities are investigating the death of a 31-year-old woman in Stoney Brook Township on the Fond Du Lac Reservation. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Monday that they believe the death was an act of violence. One suspect has been taken into custody and authorities are asking for the public's help locating a woman who may have more information.
Duluth Man Pleads Guilty to Suffocation Death of 13-month-old Daughter
A 30-year-old Duluth man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the suffocation death of his 13-month old daughter. The St. Louis County Attorney's office announced Christopher Dennis Peterson's plea in State District Court on Monday.