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Council Approves Kozy Demolition

Baihly Warfield
Updated: February 14, 2020 03:46 PM

The Duluth City Council has approved the demolition of the former Pastoret Terrace building, which once housed the Kozy Bar. 

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The building was damaged in a fire and has stood empty on the corner of 2nd Ave. E and East 1st St. for years. Recently, the city closed the sidewalks around the building as bricks and pipes were falling off. 

At Monday's meeting, councilors voted 8-0 to approve spending $148,683 on demolishing it. Councilor Barb Russ was absent. 

"It's the case that the building, the Pastoret building, is beyond the point of salvation," Councilor Joel Sipress said. "And there really is no alternative but to demolish it."

The former owner has been challenging the city's efforts in court. If Eric Ringsred were to post a $50,000 bond, the demolition could be stayed. But as of 4 p.m. Monday, Deputy City Attorney Steve Hanke said no bond had been provided to the court. 

That means as early as Tuesday, Rachel Contracting could begin the demolition. 

"I hope that we get a responsible developer for that site who will take into consideration the past and history of the building, of that area. It would be nice for that to be seen," Councilor Zack Filipovich said. "I think some housing component is going to be very, very welcomed by a lot of people in our community."

Sipress said he will expect an affordable housing component in any redevelopment proposal brought forward. 

St. Louis County acquired the Pastoret Terrace through tax forfeiture and later sold it to DEDA. 

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