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New Superior Waterfront Hotel Moves Forward, Neighbors Worry About Losing View

Updated: 06/17/2014 11:42 PM
Created: 06/17/2014 11:39 PM WDIO.com
By: Zach Hammer
zhammer@wdio.com

A plan to add a new $9 million hotel to Superior's waterfront moved forward Tuesday night, but not without a few objections from the proposed site's neighbors. 

The new Hampton Inn and Suites is in the works to be built between the Perkins Restaurant and the Richard I. Bong on East Second Street. 

Tuesday, the Superior City Council approved a resolution regarding the project area boundaries, and another referring it for tax increment financing - both unanimously. 

The project is not receiving unanimous support from everyone, however. 

A couple homeowners were on hand to tell councilors the new development would block their view of the harbor.

"I purchased my home mainly because of the view," explained Matt Miller. "It's right across Highways 2 and 53 from the bay there. I can look out my front window and see Park Point, see Barkers Island, it's just beautiful."

Miller is concerned that his property value would decrease without that view, and essentially lose money if this project goes through. He said he is happy for Superior to have this new development in the works, but wanted councilors to put a face to those affected.

"Not everyone's going to be happy," said Planning Port Director Jason Serck. "But we're going to see if we can compromise and make some decisions that make at least some people happy... and other people not... maybe make the developers not happy. That's compromise."

Serck says Tuesday's vote is just the beginning of a long process, and many more public meetings will be held before the City of Superior signs off on the groundbreaking. That final approval, he expects, will happen in late August or the beginning of September. 

Duluth-based ZMC Hotels hopes to break ground late this summer and have the hotel open as early as July 2015. 

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