New life for Old Central, new apartments open

Zenith Apartments Grand Opening

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It’s one of the most identifiable buildings on the downtown Duluth skyline.

The beautiful and historic old Central high school and it’s remarkable clock tower have adorned the hillside since 1892. And now it has new life.

Old Central, at 215 N. 1st Avenue, has been transformed into 122 mixed-residential apartments.

At the official grand opening Thursday, Mark Laverty, the Chief Development Officer for Saturday Properties told us many of the folks touring today went to school, or even taught here. So there was quite a nostolgic feel at the grand opening celebration Thursday afternoon.

“What we think is just so neat is this piece of history. Where we’re standing right now, this is first construction in 1890 and now we’re fast-forwarding 130 years and it’s turning into something new. A use that’s going to be better suited for the community right now and something that’s going to keep it here for the foreseeable future.”

There are studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments available with monthly rent ranging from $900 for a studio to $5-thousand for a three-bedroom penthouse.

Laverty says the Zenith apartments have been filling up and are now 70-percent leased.