More Usable Business Park Space in New Central Land-Use Plans

By KBJR News 1

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Central High School site was the subject of discussion Thursday, as community members weighed in on its future.

The district plans to sell the land, but wants to change the land-use first.

The district is hoping to get around $10 million for the property, and after debt is paid, that money will help to fund the Red Plan.

The first time the school board looked at plans of what the land-use of the site could be they turned the plans down, saying they didn't believe the land-use would give them the best bang for their buck and develop enough usable space.

Thursday, a new land-use plan was layed-out allowing more flat land to be marked as part of the business park.

The superintendent believes this latest version will be better received by the board.

"I think that it will be more attractive to developers, and it will help the district and the city to make more financial gain out of the property as well," said Superintendent Bill Gronseth.

One area of contention with neighbors was the western entrance to the site, where the new plans now show an urban residential setting.

While a second entrance to the site may be vital to fire safety, neighbors voiced they like having fewer cars in their neighborhood.

There is also a ring of green space around the property currently marked for recreation, which will be sold as part of the almost 80 acres.

Plans also show the new multi-use Duluth Traverse Trail would go through that space. It would also keep the existing bike trail.

That land marked for recreation is steeper and is less developable.

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