Major changes are beginning to unfold in downtown Duluth as investors and city leaders work to keep the area progressive. In Part 1 of a special report, FOX 21’s Dan Hanger takes a look at the changing retail industry downtown as the buyer habits of consumers continue to shift online.
There’s no denying downtown Duluth is on the up and up these days.
“There’s people looking at the downtown and really keeping an eye on all of the activity that’s been happening — seeing the growth,” explained Kristi Stokes, president of the Greater Downtown Council.
The historic NorShor Theatre is getting a multi-million dollar makeover with an opening date for early 2018.Developers have proposed market-rate apartments for the 100 block of East First Street.
And the city of Duluth is searching for more housing to take over the old Kozy property down the block on East First Street.
“The more people you have down here, the healthy it is for everyone. Whether it’s more eyes and ears on the streets, more activity taking place, more demand for services, and for retails, and for restaurants,” Stokes explained.
Stokes believes the housing and growing Historic Arts and Theater District – where the NorShor is located – are building blocks for a successful future.