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City of Duluth announces legislative bonding priorities

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The City of Duluth's top legislative bonding priorities for 2024:

. Funding for Lakewood Water Treatment Plant repairs to roof and other building components and rehabilitation of the granular filtration system used to treat and ensure safe drinking water for the Duluth metro area, including Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown and Rice Lake

. Funding for Aerial Lift Bridge for significant structural repairs to the lift span, sidewalk reconstruction and painting of the overhead truss across the ship canal

. Funding to cover costs to rehabilitate Lot D in Duluth’s Bayfront Park area to enable new economic development opportunities on the site. Costs include seawall repairs, demolition of existing infrastructure, utilities and other site preparation 

. Funding for the Spirit Valley multi-purpose community center and sports arena in Memorial Park which will provide wellness, recreation and workforce programming across all age groups

. Funding for planning to reconceptualize the downtown library project, envisioning a new library facility incorporating complimentary privately funded development including housing, commercial and retail space

In addition to the city’s priorities above, the city also supports the following projects:

. Funding for the Duluth Airport Authority’s control tower project, replacing a more than 70-year-old tower facility

. Funding for the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center for accessibility improvements, deferred infrastructure repairs and maintenance, and investments in energy saving improvements

. Funding in support of the redevelopment of the Duluth Armory