Dateline Minnesota briefs: Duluth could see new waterfront hotel complex

  • Updated: June 7, 2014 - 9:44 PM


Developers plan waterfront hotel, restaurant complex

A new high-end hotel, restaurant, spa and banquet facility, complete with boat slips, could be sprouting on Duluth’s waterfront in the next year or so.

The Duluth Economic Development Authority agreed Wednesday to sell about 3 acres it owns near Bayfront Park to a group of private investors who already own adjacent space.

The group, Pier B Holdings, is planning the $29.1 million, 7.4-acre development to include a 140-room hotel and restaurant seating for 150, said Heidi Timm-Bijold, manager of business resources for the authority.

About $5.4 million of the project’s costs would come from the public sector, including state grants and tax increment financing, she said.

The project is expected to go before the Duluth City Council on June 23. If approved, construction could begin in August and be done by the end of 2015.

Pam Louwagie • @pamlouwagie


Search is on for pilot after plane crashes into Superior

Authorities located a pilot’s log book and jet fuel in a debris field in Lake Superior on Saturday after reports that a single-engine plane had gone down.

The items were among the debris found in an area about 250 yards in length about a mile offshore from Duluth’s Brighton Beach, according to the Coast Guard.

The control tower at Duluth International Airport reported at 11:30 a.m. that a plane had gone missing. The Coast Guard said it received a report from the tower of “a single-engine white and maroon airplane spiraling down with a loss of communications approximately 7 nautical miles east of Duluth.” The plane reportedly had a single occupant, whose identity has not yet been released.

The Duluth police and fire departments, the Coast Guard and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad responded to the vicinity of Brighton Beach and were searching the lake amid fog on Saturday.

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