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New Apartment Project Replacing Longstanding Hotel

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: December 01, 2018 04:46 PM

A major new project will be making its way to Superior Street next year, a 15 story apartment building. The housing project will be replacing a longstanding hotel in the area.

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The $75 million project will be replacing the Voyageur Lakewalk Inn. The project will start breaking ground in about nine months.

The 204 unit building will have studio, one and two bedroom options at market rate for community members. The building will be located on the corner of Fourth Avenue West on Superior Street.

The project is a partnership between Duluth’s Titanium Partners, Landmark, a company based in Madison, and a developer in Chicago.

The building will have unique amenities like a grocery store on the ground floor and boutique space for a coffee shop and a pet spa. There will also be a community room with panoramic views of Lake Superior.

"I think this project will bring about 400 additional residents into the area with 200 units on average, so we'll be bringing a lot of population downtown that can support a lot of retail, restaurants, and bars trying to make a good go of it in the heart district,” Brian Forcier, the managing partner of Titanium Partners, said.

The apartment is set to be ready in 2021. Forcier said he saw the potential in development capabilities for the apartment based on its location. Essentia's major expansion plans, and the NorShor Theatre's recent renovations makes it an ideal spot for community members to live in.

The Voyageur Lakewalk Inn remains open until construction begins.

The project will go before the Duluth Economic Development Authority and city council in December.

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