West Duluth neighborhoods soon to be revitalized

By KBJR News 1

March 4, 2014 Updated Mar 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- In Duluth, Mayor Don Ness' annual State of the City Address Monday night focused primarily on revitalizing neighborhoods in West Duluth.

Details were light in terms of his specific vision, but he discussed improving the St. Louis River corridor with infrastructure projects that would create job opportunities and tourism growth.

Howie Hanson, who represents West Duluth on the city council, says it's exciting that the mayor has West Duluth solidly on the radar for improvements.

He also agrees with the mayor that the land by the St. Louis River creates unique housing opportunities.

"That's an area of town that has tremendous assets. There's a lot of open space, there's a lot of green space... the land next to the river is just a beautiful area that's untapped," said Hanson.

In his presentation last night the mayor said the time is right to create a different future for the West Duluth neighborhoods.

Mayor Ness plans to meet with city councilors in the near future to flesh out the details of his plan and seek input on how to make it happen.

Elsa Robins