Judge asking city to provide repair estimates on Kozy building

Mariam Mackar
Updated: January 04, 2021 06:20 PM
Created: January 04, 2021 09:07 AM

A hearing for the former Kozy building in Downtown Duluth ended with the judge asking the City of Duluth to provide estimates to repair the damaged portion of the building caused by the fire in November.

In a virtual hearing, Judge Eric Hylden said the city has seven days to give an estimate in terms of shoring up the damaged part of the building and purchasing a roof cover for that damaged portion too. Hylden said he will make a ruling as soon as possible - once he gets those estimates.

Over the past decade, multiple fires have hit the historic building causing for city actors to request it's demolition. Despite the many hits it's taken, the former owner of the 1887 building is still fighting for its preservation.

The city is calling for at least partial demolition of the building, citing the structure as a "ticking time bomb." Former owner Eric Ringsred and local preservationist group "Respect Starts Here" is instead asking for a series of repairs to preserve the structure. 
 

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