73 Parcels of Park Point Land Up for Grabs

By KBJR News 1

October 8, 2012 Updated Oct 8, 2012 at 9:35 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Dream of owning land on Park Point or expanding you ownership there? St. Louis County is currently working to sell 73 parcels of tax-forfeit land it acquired over the past few decades.

The Land and Minerals Director says the parcels are mainly on the harbor side and range from a tenth of an acre to 28 acres in size.

Some are waterfront property.

While there are properties new owners could build on that would go up for auction, most are non-buildable sites.

Those sites, which are smaller, will be sold to adjoining property owners.

The director says putting these parcels back into private ownership will mean more tax revenue for the county and city.

"Most of the land that we're talking about is already in the developed area. It's in an area that is, right now, very well developed. The infrastructure is all there, the sewer system, the roads, the power, everything is there," said Bob Krepps, the St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department.

Some of the properties have docks or buildings on them and are currently being used by Park Pointers.

Krepps said because there isn't a specific definition for 'adjoining property owners,' the county wants to make sure the process for selling non-buildable sites is as fair as possible and consistant.

The first package of three separate parcels, including the 28 acre parcel, could be sold as soon as next Spring, and would need City of Duluth, St. Louis County and Port Authority approval.

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