Public Discusses Future of Lincoln Park Neighborhood

Early Stages to Revamp a Vacant Area of Duluth

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An area of Duluth that can easily be labeled as a “ghost town,” with its vacant buildings, will soon see the first steps of future development.

Wednesday evening, the city held an open house for the public to become better aware of the Small Area Plan for the Lincoln Park neighborhood. 

Locals were invited to provide their two cents in the development of this long–term plan, that is expected to cost tens of millions of dollars over the next 20 or so years.

Recognizing just how much the Lincoln Park neighborhood has changed over the last 20 years, the proposal will include new zoning recommendations, a plan for future commercial expansion, and the renovation of existing storefront properties.

“You’ve got buildings out there that people don’t want to be in,” said John Judd, Senior Planner for the City of Duluth. “They’re rugged, they are not occupied, some of them are not even livable. By having zoning programs that allow multiple uses within them, you can have housing on the upper floors and you can have retail commercial on the lower floors.”

The plan also includes working with the Minnesota Department of Health to determine how these changes will directly – or indirectly – impact peoples well-being.

Officials say that we can expect to see improvements to storefront businesses within the year, as there is already interest being generated from new businesses.

The next step in the process is to take information gathered Wednesday and present it to the advisory committee on April 22.

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