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Duluth Council Votes to Vacate Skywalk in Minnesota Power Building

Ryan Juntti
Updated: June 10, 2019 11:20 PM

On Monday night, the Duluth City Council voted to vacate the skywalk inside the Minnesota Power building. 

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The vote passed unanimously with Councilor Arik Forsman abstaining. Councilor Joel Sipress says he is in support of the vote, given how the use of the building has changed since the skyway was first built.

The skywalk on the first and second floors of the building are now set to be vacated. Minnesota Power spokesperson Amy Rutledge says this will allow them to modernize the building by remodeling the first and second floors. Rutledge also says they will be able to create a more welcoming space for visitors and enhance their security.

Greater Downtown Council President Kristi Stokes spoke at Monday's meeting. She says members of the Greater Downtown Council's skywalk committee have reviewed the plan, and have no objections.

"Their requests are reasonable and appropriate, especially given how times have changed. There's no longer a retail presence in that property, and there are additional security measures required for major energy providers," said Stokes.

Stokes says the skywalk bridge will still be accessible to pedestrians. 

A vote regarding what to do with the Lake Superior Plaza - right outside the Minnesota Power building - is likely to be on the agenda at a later date.

Stokes says the Greater Downtown Council will be working with Minnesota Power to determine the future of the plaza.

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