Multiple blighted properties in Duluth to be demolished

By KBJR News 1

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 11:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - More than a dozen blighted properties in Duluth will soon be a thing of the past. This after the city of Duluth announced a new partnership with a local waste management company to eliminate the neighborhood eyesores.

Before Thursday's announced partnership between the City of Duluth and Vonco V, only one to two properties were planned for demolition within the next year, but with today's announcement, twelve to twenty blighted structures will be demolished.

On Thursday, Duluth City officials and representatives from Vonco V announced an agreement to demolish between 12 to 20 properties within the city which have been identified by the city's blight reduction team.

Thirty-five properties are on the list of blighted structures in Duluth.

Mayor Don Ness says this unique partnership will help with development and growth in the city.

"This will have a tremendous impact on the quality of our neighborhoods and taking down these blighted properties to the benefit of those that do maintain their properties," said Mayor Don Ness.

Vonco V officials say they are looking forward to helping the city eliminate problem properties.

"We're really excited to work with the city of Duluth to help with the blighted homes and remove them, again as Mayor Ness mentioned twelve to twenty homes that we are looking at, the exact number has not been ironed out," said Curt Hoffman with Vonco V.

Officials say the partnership will help reduce the cost of removing the blighted structures and in some cases avoid tax forfeit from the property owners.

The current price tag to demolish blighted properties in Duluth is between $15,000 and $25,000.

Officials expect a few demolitions to start as soon as October.