BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That the proper city officials are hereby authorized to convey the below-described property in St. Louis County, Minnesota, by quit claim deed to Women in Construction, LLC, for the sum of $18,400; payable to the General Fund 100, Agency 700, Object 1420, Revenue Source 4640:
Lot 11, East Fifth Street, DULUTH PROPER First Division.
Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect 30 days from and after its passage and publication.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this ordinance is to authorize the conveyance of a city-owned lot in the Central Hillside neighborhood on Fifth Street between Lake Avenue and First Avenue East. The property had previously been determined to be surplus to the city’s needs and was withheld from the city’s general sale for the "At Home in Duluth" efforts to promote housing on the infill lots.
The purchaser, Women in Construction (WiCC), is requesting to purchase the property at market rate ($18,400). The property is in the middle of the block of a residential neighborhood where some other new infill housing units have been built (mostly affordable). The new unit will be an owner-occupied duplex and it will be sold to households at or below 115 percent of the state median income ($76,992). WiCC will be bringing the housing design to the neighborhood on November 1, 2005, for review and approval. The city approved a previous ordinance (9661) to sell the property to a private party in April 2004 as part of the “At Home in Duluth” initiative. That sale was never finalized and this private party has no further interest in acquiring this property.
The conveyance of this parcel will relieve the city of surplus property, promote infill and mixed income housing in the Central Hillside and it will add to the city tax base. WiCC would like to get the structure in the ground yet this fall and complete the interior work over the winter months.
Tax base impact summary: This property will be returned to the tax rolls after 20+ years. Minimal tax impact until such time as property is improved with a structure or dwelling.