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DEDA Votes to Seek Demolition Permit for Old Kozy Building

Updated: September 27, 2018 09:49 AM

The Duluth Economic Development Authority voted to seek a demolition permit for the Pastoret Terrace, also known as the Kozy Bar and Apartments Wednesday.  

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The Board heard from those in favor of moving ahead with the demolition as well those who are against the demolition of the historic building. There was a unanimous agreement to allow city staff to proceed with the demolition permit application.

The 20,000-square-foot building at the corner of 1st Street and North 2nd Avenue East has been vacant since multiple fire tore through in 2010. The building has been on the market but no interested parties have been found.

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Executive Director of DEDA, Heather Rand, said although demolition plans are moving forward, they are still hoping for the best for the historic building. There are plans to go through the building and preserve any historic item.

DEDA is still working with other parties including previous owners on lawsuits trying to keep the building from being demolished.

DEDA says the site could then potentially be used for housing, commercial, parking, or mixed-use development.

This story has been corrected to reflect that DEDA did not approve a demolition permit, but voted to allow city staff to apply for a demolition permit.

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