Blink twice or so, and downtown Duluth is going to look different. Demolition by Alan Densmore Inc. began Thursday (July 19) on the building at Main Street and Ga. Hwy. 120 (Abbotts Bridge Road) that formerly housed Boudreaux’s Cajun Market and The Boiler Room.
Densmore’s contract, awarded by the Duluth City Council in June, also includes tearing down an adjacent building that had been used for props storage by New Dawn Theatre Company and a covered alleyway connecting the theater to the storage facility. The contact was for an amount not to exceed $90,000. The city is reconsidering tearing down the storage building entirely.
The Boudreaux’s/Boiler Room building had been targeted to be torn down to accommodate realignment of Ga. Hwy. 120 and to provide additional downtown parking. Plans include joining the front and rear parking lots and adding landscaping.
The city is using Service Delivery Strategy settlement funds along with SPLOST monies earmarked for the Ga. Hwy. 120 realignment for demolition of the structures.
The Boiler Room moved into the former Duluth Art Gallery on West Lawrenceville Street. St. New Dawn was allowed to store props in the Old City Hall Administration Building, also on West Lawrenceville Street. Boudreaux’s relocated the restaurant it operated in conjunction with the market to Duluth Station Shopping Center on Buford Highway and renamed it Café Acadiana.