Old Kenwood School in Duluth To Be Apartment Complex

By KBJR News 1

April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Despite some opposition to the plan, the old Kenwood School site may soon become an apartment complex.

The Duluth Planning Commission approved a plan review for the project Tuesday, but not all the neighbors are happy with the project.

The plan calls for about 25 apartments, with 35 bedrooms.

While the developer says he hopes to get a mix of older citizens and young professionals, some of the neighbors worry the building will mainly consist of college students.

The old Kenwood school would be converted into the apartments and the warming house removed from the property.

More than 40 parking spots would be available for residents and their visitors on-site.

Some neighbors worry the aesthetics of the neighborhood could change and the apartments will be a liability, while the school district's property manager hopes neighbors can find the sale and development to be an asset.

"This action is really going to decrease the value of our homes," said one neighbor.

"This is great concern to those of use us who invested in the property," said another neighbor.

"We're hoping to be able to find other developers that have same type of creative thinking that and identify uses for our old schools in the neighborhoods where they've been built."

The school district would benefit from selling the property.

Neighbors had been worried about an increase in traffic, but a traffic study found there would be fewer cars going through the neighborhood, then when the school was there.

Commissioners did commend the developer for meeting with neighbors and making changes to fit residents' needs.

Next, the Duluth City Council will decide whether to approve the plan review.

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