Duluth city council tables discussion on Park Point small area plan

By KBJR News 1

May 12, 2014 Updated May 12, 2014 at 9:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Duluth city council decided to table a resolution Monday night that would have approved the Park Point small area plan.

Many people living on Park Point say the focus right now should be on improving the neighborhood rather than the streets.

Members of the Park Point Neighborhood street-end Coalition also worry that one of the project proposals would cause traffic congestion on Minnesota Avenue.

The plan currently includes a couple of options to deal with the S curve along the point and improve traffic flow.

One proposal moves the curve up to 8th street which would cut across several properties before connecting with Minnesota Avenue.

The second proposal, which many of those living on Park Point oppose, would seek to divert traffic onto 8th Street which connects with Minnesota Avenue.

Another big concern for members of the Park Point Street-end Coalition and the Park Point Community Club is a proposed change in access to Lake Superior.

Residents of Park Point currently use public dockage at the ends of the right of ways, which would be eliminated in the current proposal.

They say they value the access to the water, and that the focus should be elsewhere.

"50% of the land down there is park. We want the city, which they have not done, to develop the parks, to take care of the parks they have... in my mind they're terrible looking, the facilities are not good and before you do come into the street ends in the private area, fix what they've got," said Brian Nelson, spokesman for the coalition.

The Duluth Planning Commission approved the plan in a 5-3 vote in April.

City councilors say because the planning commission votes were split and the outpouring of opposition from those living on the point they need more time to discuss the options.

The city council says they will take up the proposal at their next council meeting on Tuesday, May 27th.

Elsa Robins