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No Court Decision on Attempt to Stall Kozy Demolition

Baihly Warfield
Updated: February 14, 2020 03:43 PM

An attempt to put a temporary stop to the Kozy demolition process has not succeeded -- yet.

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The former owner of the Pastoret Terrace building, Dr. Eric Ringsred, and a group called Respect Starts Here asked for a temporary restraining order that would prevent the city from taking the building down for a time. 

With Monday night's City Council approval, Duluth has the legal standing to begin demolition any time. 

Judge Eric Hylden formerly ruled that the demolition could be stayed as long as Ringsred and Respect Starts Here put up a $50,000 bond. However, attorney Miles Ringsred wrote in a court document that they "have diligently sought to secure the ordered $50,000 appeal bond, but to no avail." 

Tuesday, Miles Ringsred asked Judge Hylden to accept $25,000, which he said was donated by a concerned citizen, and give them six months to come up with the other $25,000. 

One of the city's attorneys, Elizabeth Sellers, argued nothing has changed to warrant this extension: The city still has the same concerns about blight, negative economic impact, and the upcoming June remembrance at the Clayton-Jackson-McGhie Memorial, which is directly across the street.

When it came time to make a ruling, Hylden said, "You've all given me too much to think about," and declined to make a decision on the temporary restraining order Tuesday afternoon. He said he will issue a ruling as soon as he can, potentially as soon as Wednesday afternoon. 

City representatives said they do not have a timeline for demolition yet, but they will continue to move forward with plans to take the Kozy down until a court ruling prevents it. 

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