Crane Arrives for Essentia Health’s Vision Northland Project

The first of three cranes arrived for the construction project.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first of three cranes have arrived for Essentia Health’s Vision Northland project.

We talked with some local businesses near the site, and they say it has had little impact.

“We do know that there’s a crane there,” said Tami Tanksi Sherman, Mall Manager of Fitger’s. “We do know that parking from our parking lot, we are totally open. You can come from the east or the west and still access us at all points at all times.”

The other two cranes for the Vision Northland project will arrive in late March and early April. The tallest crane is 250 feet above Superior Street.

Local business owners say the comments about the crane arrival has been minimal.

“Probably comments twice a day is the most we get when there’s a blasting at noon and at 4 o’clock but that’s a split second make-you-flinch and they wonder what it is but other than that there really hasn’t been any comments,” said Karen Pionk, General Manager of Sheraton Duluth Hotel.

The Vision Northland project aims to transform Essentia’s downtown Duluth medical campus, and new hospital tower foundations are expected to be completed in the spring.

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