Anticipation Building for Downtown Duluth Changes

Ryan Juntti
Updated: January 24, 2019 02:13 PM

DULUTH - Changes are coming to downtown Duluth this year, and the anticipation is building for them. 

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Downtown Duluth has seen a lot of changes over the years. 

And on Wednesday night hundreds of people attended the Greater Downtown Council's Annual Dinner to learn about what they can expect this year.

"We are going to see some unprecedented development taking place," said Greater Downtown Council President Kristi Stokes.

Stokes says starting this year there is going to be more than a billion dollars invested downtown.

"The downtown is the heart of our community, and when you see this kind of growth and this kind of investment taking place in our downtown, it's really a signal that the community as a whole is healthy as well," said Stokes.

As part of that investment, phase two of the ongoing Superior Street reconstruction project is expected to start this spring.

"I think the project overall is long overdue, the infrastructure has been problematic for years," said Electric Fetus General Manager Carrie Brown.

Brown says her business wasn't affected during phase one of the project. However this time the store is in the project zone, yet Brown says she is "cautiously optimistic."

"We've been at the mercy of it a couple times at our location, so it's time to fix it," said Brown.

Also coming to downtown Duluth in the coming years are new and renovated facilities for both Essentia and St. Luke's.

Barring the weather, phase two of the Superior Street project is expected to start in mid-April.

The road is expected to be closed at that time.


Ryan Juntti

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