City of Duluth: Efforts underway to remove blighted properties in Duluth

Crews today finished razing an abandoned property at 3215 Elm Street in Lincoln Park. Howie Blog staff photo

Crews today finished razing an abandoned property at 3215 Elm Street in Lincoln Park. Howie Blog staff photo

After announcing a partnership agreement with the City of Duluth in September, Vonco V has begun the process of demolishing at least 13 blighted properties throughout the city.

City administration and the Duluth City Council approved the initial 13 properties based on a number of factors including how long the properties have sat vacant, number of police calls and other complaints, and the location of the properties.

The first property, at 4109 Grand Avenue, was successfully demolished last week. Two more long-time blighted properties are schedule to be torn down this week.

The City and Vonco V have teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and Northshore Architectural Antiques to salvage items from these buildings which will be used to benefit the community through donations and resale.

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