New Apartment Complex Opens in Lincoln Park

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A study revealed that Duluth will need more than 4,000 new housing units by 2020.

An old school in Lincoln Park is helping to fill that need.

The Lincoln Park Elementary School was built back in the 1800s.

It’s a building housing officials believe could have just stayed closed had no one stepped up to give it new life.

“Really helping people build their incomes and assets and helping the community be involved in community change,” Duluth LISC executive director Pam Kramer said.

Community members and leaders celebrated the grand opening of the new Lincoln Park Commons Friday.

The three story affordable housing complex offers 50 one, two and three bedroom apartments.

The $10 million redevelopment also includes reusing the school’s original murals, chalkboards and lockers.

“Anytime a community loses a school that can cause concern it feels like a community loss,” said Kramer. “What will happen here is that you’ll have programs, you’ll have events, you’ll have opportunities for community gatherings. Fifty families living here so it’s like a new life for the building.”

About 50,000 square feet of the building is being used for community space.

Non-profits like the Boys and Girls Club and Human Development Center are housed there helping residents to address poverty and build their finances and assets.

The building is filling up fast.

Thirty-two of the 50 units are already occupied. 

 

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