Action taken to spruce up West Duluth

By KBJR News 1

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- In an effort to spruce up West Duluth's aging business community the Duluth Economic Development Agency has offered to pay 25 percent of the costs of renovating store fronts.

Since not many businesses have been able to take advantage of the DEDA offer, BellWood Consultants has offered to match the DEDA funding through a grant.

BellWood has already put in time helping establishments such as Faith Haven Apartments make their complex more pleasing to the eye.

Sandra Wood, a partner of BellWood says they wanted to expand their efforts to the whole community.

"Some of the business owners have said, you know I just can't afford to spend the money that I have to in order to brighten up the store front. So DEDA had this great program and we said, well let's add to that and make it easier for business owners to brighten up their store front," said Wood.

BellWood is a small company created about a year ago to develop initiatives that would bring new life to communities.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.