Duluth approves Lincoln Park TIF district and housing project

By KBJR News 1

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Duluth city council approved a resolution to create a tax increment financing district in Lincoln Park for a low-income housing project.

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Duluth will reuse the old Lincoln Park Elementary School for low-income housing.

Plans call for 50 units as well as a space that nonprofit organizations can lease.

The HRA says tax increment financing in the district will help them to redevelop the building.

Councilors say this project will improve the area.

"When buildings are vacated it's really hard for neighbors and neighborhoods, so to find a template like this where we can co-house so many different things and provide a really really strategic set of services in a neighborhood that can really benefit, it's great," said Duluth city councilor Emily Larson.

Construction for the project could begin as early as June.

Elsa Robins