Proposed Road Changes Concern Park Point Residents

By KBJR News 1

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A proposed plan to restructure a road on Duluth's Park Point is causing concern among neighbors, mainly because it could affect their homes.

On Wednesday the City Planning Division held its first public meeting to get community input.

The Division wants to eliminate the S-curve on Park Point; the stretch of road near the entrance to the beach.

They presented their ideas to the public and welcomed their input.

The committee says the plan would alleviate traffic congestion for the residential area and would steer traffic in the direction of two hotels that are being constructed on the lake front.

People say that in order to do this the city would have to take out residential housing.

"One of the problems we have on our part of Minnesota Avenue is that it's so narrow down on our end in order to add the parking and bike lane we would lose a significant number of homes and three businesses," said Jerry Handland, a resident of Park Point.

"If we do that, there will be houses that will be taken, that is a possibility, but if it's not a large number, say three or four, then I think its an idea worth considering but if it's more than that I think we may have to go back to the drawing board," said Sharla Gardner, City Counciler Member who represents the Park Point District.

Right now the city says it's just in the planning stages and hasn't taken any action.

The division says it will take suggestions people made Wednesday, and have another public meeting in May.

The Division hopes to submit a plan to the City Planning Commission in May, and have it brought to the City Council in June or July.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.