Construction In Duluth Quadruples As Economy Improves
Duluth reported a record year for construction in 2014.
Nearly $90 million in nonresidential construction permits were pulled during the year, more than quadrupling the activity seen in 2013, according to the Duluth News Tribune.
Among major new projects that are part of the building boom in the city include the Maurices tower, Duluth Transit Authority’s transportation hub, the Duluth International Airport’s parking ramp and several new Kwik Trip gas stations.
Construction hasn’t been seen at this level since 2010 and 2011, when the city’s school district consolidation and facilities upgrade.
“A lot of stuff the stuff that’s happening in the city of Duluth right now is just pure optimism. People are excited about the future and the direction in which Duluth is heading,” Duluth’s development director Chris Eng told the Tribune. He noted that the growing commercial and industrial tax base would help lower taxes for residential properties.
Housing was up 84 percent with 190 new units built. But that number falls far short of the 745 units that need to be constructed annually to meet a housing shortage.
Duluth’s economic outlook has improved over the years, overseen by the city’s mayor, Don Ness. Twin Cities Business named Ness a 2013 Person of the Year.
Minneapolis experienced a similar, but much larger, boom in 2014. The city said that more than $2 billion in residential and nonresidential permits—a record amount—were pulled.