DULUTH - The fate of Duluth's old Central High School has been up in the
air ever since its last school day in June of 2011.
But Thursday night, there were signs that there may finally
be some movement regarding the old school property that's considered one of the
hottest spots for new development.
Representatives from both the district and city's planning
division hosted a public meeting to unveil new rezoning changes to the hillside
The change includes rezoning its current Residential
Traditional (R-1) into three distinct districts: Parks, Urban Residential (R-2)
and Mixed Use Business (MU-B).
The Parks district is meant to protect and reserve lands for
recreational uses like the Duluth Traverse Trail. The Urban Residential is
meant to accommodate multi–family apartments and townhouses. While, the Mixed
Use District will allow for commercial, office, retail and other business
"We want to rezone the property so the district can
sell it. They don't have to tell the developer, well it's contingent upon getting
it rezoned. We want to help the district so that it's ready to be developed as
soon as they have a purchaser of the site," said Keith Hamre, director of
planning and construction for the City of Duluth.
People attending the meeting did raise concerns about
preserving each of their respected residential neighborhoods, while also
drawing attention to future access points which could cause added traffic.
The rezoning plan will now be considered by the Duluth
Planning Commission at a public hearing that will take place either March 12 or 26. If it passes there, it will then be brought before the city