Waterfront Resort Gets Approval to Start Construction

Numerous Environmental Hurdles Create Better Project

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The 4 year quest to redevelop Duluth’s Waterfront is making way as construction has officially started for the Pier B Hotel Project.

In addition to the 140 room hotel, waterfront restaurant and banquet hall, co-developers Sandy Hoff and Alessandro Giuliani are excited about a new asset. 

The latest drawings include an attraction which Hoff says this side of the harbor has never seen before. 

A temporary marina in the slip will allow room for dockage of more than 20 boats.

“We will be doing kayak rentals, paddle boards, canoes and some pontoon boat rentals.  We’ll have our own boat ramp that will give direct access to the water with some new activities to our waterfront that currently aren’t available,” said Hoff.

There will also be a sliding platform on the bridge that will extend the lake walk allowing it to connect with Lot D on the other side.

For a waterfront project, the two admit there have been a few environmental hurdles. 

But, the extra time allowed them to create a better project. 

“We had environmental issues in the water and on land there’s so much that goes into that preparation to even start construction that people don’t realize that it takes years to do,” said Giuliani. 

The grand opening is set for May of 2016.

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