BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That the city of Duluth hereby grants and conveys by quit claim deed to the Duluth economic development authority (DEDA) its right, title and interest in and to real estate located in St. Louis County, Minnesota, at no cost to DEDA:
Lots 1 through 4-1/2, Block 186, West Duluth Seventh Division.
Section 2. That this ordinance shall take affect and be in force 30 days after its passage and publication.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this ordinance is to convey property to DEDA at no cost which will be subsequently conveyed to the Spirit Valley Citizen Neighborhood Development Association (SVCNDA) to implement the Ramsey Village plan.
The city inadvertently received the land through a land swap with Menards in 2003. The land swap was intended to be between DEDA and Menards to facilitate the new Menards building in West Duluth and to provide property for housing development by SVCNDA as indicated in the Ramsey Village revitalization plan. The quit claim deed was mistakenly issued by Menards to the city of Duluth instead of DEDA and was filed in the St. Louis County recorder’s office.
This ordinance will provide for the conveyance of this property by the city to DEDA. The property will be packaged with adjacent tax-forfeited property. DEDA has requested the tax-forfeited property from the state of Minnesota through St. Louis County. In continuation of the Ramsey Village revitalization plan, SVCNDA plans to construct four affordable housing units on the combined site to be sold to low- and moderate-income households.