Duluth to select firm to develop walkable community

The Duluth City Council and Downtown Development Authority will hold a special called meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 14 in the Community Room of City Hall, 3167 Main Street.

The purpose of the meeting will be to award the bid for the city’s latest downtown project. On March 31, Duluth advertised for bids to “Develop a Walkable Residential Community in Downtown Duluth.” The Request for Proposal was posted on the city’s website and distributed to 46 developers. Ultimately, 11 firms showed interest in the project, resulting in three bids from developers. The bidding firms were Forestar Real Estate Group, Pulte Homes, and Southeast Capital Companies/Home South Communities.

On June 25, a panel of DDA members, city council members, and city staff interviewed each bidding developer. On July 7, findings from these interviews as well as an overview and analysis of each proposal were delivered during a joint DDA/city council meeting. This week, the city council will review the final round of follow-up information and vote to select a developer for the project.

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