by Duluth News Tribune
December 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
The Duluth Economic Development Authority received updates on three ambitious projects Wednesday and agreed to push back timelines for all of them.
Tags: bayfront, Business, city of Duluth, downtown, Legislature, Minnesota, Minnesota legislature 20 Comments »
Damn, thats ugly. The first plans they rolled out had ice rinks, floating bars, IKEA, taxis attached to buildings. Now they throw out names like Cabelas or REI.
Don’t waste more DEDA money for tourist hotel and condos. There is a glut of unsold condos in town. Look at the last project of those involved in this. Promised hotel, brewery,shops with fresh fruit and flowers at Clyde Park. Needed another DEDA $500,000 loan that Fedora wasn’t too happy about to finish the little that actually got built. Ice rink built on donations from NHL and Duluth families and free turf from NFL with a $1million parking lot donated by the city that the pizza /burger joint uses.
DEDA money should invest in making Duluth a better place to work and live, not visit. Create real jobs. No more taxpayer money for millions to wealthy developers.
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there should be a cap on how high a building can be – first of all it looks ugly and secondly it shouldn’t be that high- reminds be of that Italian town eons ago- how they all built bell towers higher and higher to out do their neighbors and now the town has no view accept from the tops of the tallest towers- the view is even locked from the people walking the streets in the shadows of the towers.
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Exactly how did they initially plan to have underground parking?
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Clearly they were going to include aquatic vehicles that you had to buy before you could park in the underground/underwater structure….duh.
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Likely the same way they have underground parking in NYC or any other city that is right next to a large waterway.
But, as Sandy Hoff stated, it simply was not cost-effective for this venture.
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The views of the harbor and bridge should not be obstructed. Who’s City is it, ours, or the tourists?
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I like the tourism our city has, it’s important to our economy but part of the allure that draws people here to visit is the beauty and the views. This seems to take away from that.
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Appeasing tourists is a good part of Duluth’s downfall. Yes it’s important, but the city has ignored its hard working residents who spend far more money locally.
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Without tourists, more than half of those hardworking people would not have jobs which they use to make all this money you say they spend.
Way to put the cart before the horse.
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Two-thirds of the rooms may face the water, but ALL of them block the view. Ugliest sight I’ve ever seen, and all in the name of greed. The waterfront should be as accessible (to everyone, not just those visiting) and as visible as possible. Why don’t people GET that?
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From the angle, it does look like it would block the view of the Lift Bridge when coming down Thompson hill..
That should have been a no-no from the get-go.
Up until about 35 years ago Duluth actually had a productive economy. Over the past 35 years that economy has dwindled to almost nothing because Duluth cannot successfully market itself to real companies, manufacturing companies, value added companies, that would bring piles of money into this town. As a result, Duluth has turned to prostituting itself to the tourists hoping the tourists will bring money from their local economies and leave it here. So this project is just another prostitute trying to bilk visitors out of their money. Loss of our waterfront and loss of our views are the price we must pay for allowing so many prostitutes work our community.
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35 years ago, Duluth had a productive economy because the Iron Range was still producing at high levels. 35 years ago, Duluth had to transition to a tourist-driven economy to take the place of the Ore industry once it slowed down.
Things are different now, as we don’t have the same support from the range that we used to have.
Duluth is picking up, we will see it become a large-scale data center hubs for technology companies in the near future.
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Uh huh,,,, and how many does that employ?
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And what exactly would it block the view of? The closed GP plant nest door? The rusted piles of scrap along Railroad st? Maybe the rusted piles of scrap along Garfield or the brownfields on the harbor side of the point? I know, the quick five second view as you go by on 35. This develpment would be an asset and to the few people above Skyline drive who would have their view altered, but not blocked…get used to change. The waterways in the harbor do and always have had an industrial purpose. At the end of the day, the harbor is not that pretty to look at, except for the parts that have been reclaimed, just like they want to do here.
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The lift bridge is a major one. It looks like it would block the view of the bridge from anywhere west of 21st ave east… including when coming down Thompson hill.
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EXACTLY! Thank you. Don’t you love these people who think nothing should ever change for the sake of change?! I’m not saying that I like the DSGW drawing but if nothing ever changes how are we ever to get a Tower Bridge, Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower?
Residents on the Hillside have complained for years about the “Noise Factor” coming from Bayfront Park, what do you think a Condo/Hotel would hear 100 yards away..?
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Good point Bob.
Who wants their hotel to be right next to a concert venue?
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BIG QUESTION PEOPLE: How did Pier B Holdings development jump across S 8th Av W? Their 5.6 acre parcel is bordered by S 8th Av W to the “east” and Slip 3 to the “west”. That is not how it’s represented in the drawing.
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