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ORDINANCE NO. __________

AN ORDINANCE DESIGNATING COLLEGE STREET BETWEEN EIGHTH STREET AND IRVING PLACE AS A DULUTH HERITAGE PRESERVATION LANDMARK.

BY PRESIDENT GILBERT:

The city of Duluth does ordain:

Section 1. that the city of Duluth does designate, pursuant to Chapter 28A of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, the section of East College Street constructed of granitoid material located between Eighth Street and Irving Place as a Duluth heritage preservation landmark; said landmark is described in Public Document No.____________ on file with the city clerk, and is described as follows:

(a) The area within the right-of-way limits of East College Street from its intersections with Eighth Street and Irving Place.
Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect and be in force 30 days from and after its passage and publication.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The heritage preservation commission, at their July 12, 2000, meeting, unanimously adopted a resolution to recommend the designation of the East College Street as a Duluth heritage preservation landmark site. This designation is based on the criteria for such consideration, namely, Criteria A, Criteria B, Criteria C, Criteria F, and Criteria G. To qualify for such nomination a site or district need only meet one of seven criteria. This nomination meets five of the criteria. This street is one of several streets that were a part of the subdivision development by a real estate developer who decided the width of certain streets would be paved and the granitoid material used to hard surface them. This particular material has been determined to be the oldest concrete street material in the state and possibly the second oldest in the nation at a time when the primary transportation was making a transition from horses to automobiles. East College Street, while having been paved over some 25 or more years ago, still is a part of the neighborhood street system developed at that time and is a short two block length that serves as a local circulation segment. It has a 21 plus foot width today and the residents are particularly concerned about the change in the width of the street surface changing the overall historic character of this district. In 1995 the state historic preservation office determined the granitoid concrete streets of Duluth is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This street deserves some consideration within the context of the historic district it is located within.