Gateway Tower Apartments Undergo Multi-Million Dollar Renovations

DULUTH, Minn. – A 150-unit apartment building in Duluth that was about to be demolished, has turned into a celebration of new life.

After nearly a year of a construction overhaul and millions of dollars in state tax credits to make it happen, the Gateway Tower apartments are like new.

Before the remodel residents tell us they dealt with no water at times, no heat and even flooding. But that’s all in the past and a re-dedication celebration proved it Wednesday.

Colleen “Coke” Sellon has called Gateway Tower home for 15 years and says she’s seen it all.

“There had been no work in this building since 1974, no major work,” said Coke. “Everything was rundown.”

The apartment complex is a 40-year-old building. It cost $18 million to fix and much of that came from tax credits with the help of the Housing Redevelopment Authority, Center City and One Roofing.

“We worked on the energy envelope that meant window and siding and roofing. We worked on the HVAC that meant heating ventilation. We worked on the plumbing,” said Center City Executive Director Rick Klun. “There’s new bathrooms in every unit. We outfitted the units with carpet and kitchen cabinets and stove and refrigerators.”

Coke has an easy way to describe her new living arrangements.

“It’s like moving from Little House On the Prairie to a mansion,” said Coke. “They did a nice job.”

All of the renovations were completed simultaneously.

“The partnerships we’ve had with our tenants and their patience with all the reconstruction has just been incredible,” said Klun.

The people who live here are looking forward to going back to a normal routine.

“I mean we have adjustments to make and rooms are a little smaller than the other ones were just because the pieces they put in, but I think everyone is going to be happy,” said Coke.

Gateway Tower has studios and one bedrooms available based on different income guidelines.

The second floor is solely dedicated to homeless youth with the Life House program.

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