Duluth City Council Tackles Housing, Rentals, and Police Overtime

The city approved rezoning of an area to create more housing and overtime for police officers to work with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

DULUTH, Minn. – From housing to overtime for police officers, the Duluth City CouFrom housing to overtime for police officers…the duluth city council addressed some of the community’s most pressing needs.

The council approved rezoning an area near Spirit Mountain. The move allows for a mixed use development of land on the lower side of Grand Avenue.

The current plan is to add apartments, houses, and offices. It will keep forty percent of the area as open green space for better access to the river and trails.

“It’s a great example of how we can do a development that can meet some of our pressing needs for housing but doing it in a way that blends really well with the natural environment,” said Duluth city councilor Joel Sipress.

The council also approved an agreement between the Duluth Police Department and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. The measure approves overtime to fight the opioid epidemic and it gives the department access to the DEA’s testing labs.

The council also approved the creation of a new position for a rental housing safety inspector.

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