Duluth Schools to purchase Duluth News Tribune building

Duluth Public Schools has announced it has entered into a contract to acquire the former Duluth News Tribune building.

In a statement, the district says the purchase of the property at 424 West First Street, is intended to be an important move as the district continues to grow and meet the evolving needs of the community.

“Purchasing this property is an exciting opportunity for Duluth Public Schools,” said Superintendent John
Magas. “We will be able to combine the use of it for several programs and district needs, including Duluth Adult Education, Community Education, facilities and storage from our Garfield location, and possibly our Area Learning Center and Academic Excellence Online school.

The property is 44,000 sq. ft. above grade (2 floors above West First Street) along with a 20,000 sq. ft. lower level with drive-in area and loading docks. The the purchase agreement comes with a price tag of
$600,000. Finalization of the deal could take up to 90 days.

Duluth Public Schools administration is currently working on plans to see how the building will accommodate the district’s educational objectives and safety standards.