City of Duluth Talks to Contractors about Redevelopment of Buildings

Updated: May 22, 2019 05:54 PM

You've found an empty store front, and you're looking to start your business within its walls...But you're not sure where or how to start.


The City of Duluth started its first 'Q & A' series for developers and contractors to meet and chat about what's necessary to start redevelopment. It's called "Coffee and Conversations" and there are two sessions left. Wednesday's session was held at Bent Paddle Co. Taphouse, focusing on the question, "is this the right build for you?" as well as looking at the financial aspect of it all.

"We're hoping to help people know what big questions to ask, what things are triggered by the code and city ordinances that might add cost to a project," says Wendy Rannenberg, manager in the Construction Services Department for the City of Duluth. "This is really targeted at any business that wants to move into an existing building."

These sessions are the outcome of the Red Tape Reduction Task Force that was created by City Coucil. The outreach series is focused on content for developers, commercial realtors, design professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners, commercial contractors, or for individuals that are interested in learning more about the city's process. 

Each one-hour session looks at different aspects of the city's permitting process. The next session will be on September 18th, looking at all the different codes that need to be followed. The final session on November 6th will look at, "I think I have a plan....Now what?" City staff will be at each meeting to provide guidelines and tips on how to make your project go smoothly.

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