New Resort Near Bayfront Festival Park

By KBJR News 1

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- New attractions will soon be coming to downtown Duluth.

The old Lafarge Cement Plant near Bayfront Festival Park will soon be turned into a waterfront resort called the Silos at Pier B.

The new Pier B resort will have 140 rooms, and will include an event center, a restaurant, and a public waterfront area.

"It's going to be a new attraction to our waterfront. We're going to have a lot of fun with it. The community is going to love what they see," said Sandy Hoff, a co-developer of the project.

The total project cost is in the $30-$34 million range, and will be funded through private financing.

"A variety of sources to make a big project like this happen," said Hoff.

Developers of the project say that the hotel will have transient docking so that people can boat in from around the harbor and enjoy a meal.

"As a community we've kept our eye on the shoreline. It means so much to us. It's really a community treasure," said David Ross, President of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce.

Hoff says that developers of the project are working with the DNR and project engineers to make the slip shallower so they can freeze the area in the winter to create a large outdoor skating rink.

"We really looked to expand and offer new amenities," said Hoff.

Those involved with the project are confident residents and tourists alike will be attracted to the area because it's near Canal Park and the aquarium, and people will be able to have family outings with various activates in all seasons.

"It poses to be.. promises to be a wonderful capitol injection into our waterfront area," said Dale Lewis, President of Park State Bank.

"The community will be delighted with what they see," said Ross.

Hard construction for the resort is expected to begin in early 2014, and it will open sometime in 2015, about a year to a year and a half after construction begins.

Elsa Robins