Demolition Possible for Woodland School

By KBJR News 1

April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- The old Woodland School could be torn down to make way for possible commercial or apartment space.

The developer of the Bluestone Lofts Apartments says that without action by area colleges and universities, the focus could shift toward demolition.

Nothing is set in stone at this point, but Mark Lambert say he wants either the University of Minnesota-Duluth, or St. Scholastica to lease the building to avoid a costly demolition.

The Bluestone Lofts will have 99 units available for people to move in in August, to the delight of city leaders.

"It's a huge boost to our local economy with the construction, and the retail we'll see in the future," said Mayor Don Ness. "Products like this [the Bluestone Lofts] are student centered, provide great student centered activities, and retail."

The Bluestone Lofts development will transform the 24-acre Woodland School site into a mix of 240 apartments in all and 4 retail shops, with a new grand entrance into UMD.

Currently kids from the newly renovated Congdon Elementary School in Duluth are taking classes at the Woodland School.

Lambert says the decision to demolish or not won't come soon, but is expected this year.

Written for the web by Zach Vavricka
zvavricka@kbjr.com