Say Goodbye – Finally – to Duluth Central High School

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 1:03pm.

We can stop wondering what’s going to happen to Duluth Central High – it’ll be torn down and housing will go up in its place.

The school originally opened its doors to students in 1893 when it was located at Lake and Second. In the early 1970s, the current school was built on top of the hill near Central Entrance and Pecan.

With a consolidation of schools, Central was shut down and the 77-acre site has sat empty for almost four years now. Many of us have wondered why. The hilltop setting is amazing and it’s surprising someone didn’t snatch it up sooner.

A group of real estate advisors out of Minneapolis is paying $10 million for the site that peers down on downtown Duluth and the lake. It was originally listed at $13.7 million.

There’s a lot of demand for housing in Duluth, what with our super-low unemployment rate. With job growth comes new residents and, according to Dan Kraker of MPR News, the strongest growth is in engineering and aviation.

Kraker also cites a City of Duluth study that claims we will need nearly 4,500 new housing units by 2020.

It’s unclear just what type of “housing” will go on the old school site. It could be rental apartments or townhomes and single family residences – maybe a combination of all of them. Since the site was rezoned to commercial in late 2013, it will likely have some retail and office buildings mixed in.

Demolition of the school is slated for late this year or early next year with groundbreaking to commence shortly after. So, if you’re planning to buy a Duluth home next year and you want an amazing view, you may want to keep your eye on that site.

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