Time may be running out to save Kozy Apartments in downtown Duluth

By KBJR News 1

June 16, 2014 Updated Jun 16, 2014 at 6:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- The fate of The Kozy Apartment buildings in downtown Duluth remains in limbo.

Repairs have stalled at the apartments since the building last went up in flames in 20-12.

Now, after multiple fires, the building sits boarded up in downtown Duluth and is being called a blight to the city by the Mayor.

At the time of the blaze, the building had no insurance, and so far, the owners have shown little effort in repairing it.

Mayor Don Ness says with every winter that passes, it results in more damage to the building.

He says it's discouraging, and he would like the owners to make a plan to make the necessary improvements and save the historic building.

"Clearly if they don't make those improvements in the next 12 to 18 months I don't think there's any question that the building will soon fall into the type of disrepair that will be very difficult to overcome," said Mayor Ness.

The Kozy's history dates back 125 years in Duluth.

We contacted owner Eric Ringsred for comment, but he could not be reached.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati