DULUTH - The Duluth Economic Development Authority has given the green light to move forward on a handful of city projects.
"We're excited,” said Aaron Schwieger, a partner with Schweiger Development. “The city’s excited and it's going to be a fun time to be in Duluth."
With Duluth’s job market quickly rising, there's a growing need for affordable housing.
Wednesday evening, DEDA gave the go-ahead for two potential housing developments.
DEDA is helping Duluth Mayor Don Ness complete his goal of reaching a population of 90,000 by 2020 and making way for a 400 unit apartment building in the process.
Developers are calling it Arrowhead Estates and it'll sit on the border of Duluth and Hermantown at the intersection of Arrowhead and Haines
The lot is 54 acres, so the developers are hoping to make it similar to the Bluestone Lofts on Woodland Avenue with a retail center and businesses nearby.
Originally, the land owners just had approval to put in businesses.
Wednesday’s resolution authorizing a second amendment to the land gave the developers approval for the new apartments and commercial development.
"With the 400 units we're going to be building up at Arrowhead Estates, we're hoping to meet that need and help the city with its growing economy and be part of that economy," Schweiger explained.
DEDA also approved a partnership with Duluth's School District 709 in hopes of redeveloping the spot where Central High School sits.
The school closed in 2011 as part of the district's Red Plan.
Now, the school and the city are working to find architects and land surveyors to get the spot ready for new development.
"We'll start laying out the site and start looking at areas that could be zoned for residential,” said Duluth’s Director of Business and Economic Development, Chris Eng.
“They could be looking at some areas for commercial mixed use development. We might have some hotel space. We might have a restaurant. We might have some office space," he said, listing potential possibilities.
Leaders with DEDA said they have no interest in tearing down the school building already there, but they do hope to see housing of some sort go into the spot because of the spectacular views.
Both developments are hoping to get some serious work done this summer and break ground this coming fall.
Developments at Central High School are just in the planning stages.
When it comes to the Arrowhead Estates, they hope to start moving people in by fall 2015.