A task force comprised of two members each from the Duluth City Council and the Duluth Downtown Development Authority has been formed to explore the DDA’s taking over management of the city’s rental properties including city-owned buildings in the Old City Hall Block, now being called The Block.
The DDA would handle leasing, managing, maintaining, and collecting rents from tenants if a proposed agreement is approved by the city council. Rent money would be used to pay for maintenance, repairs and renovations to the city-owned properties.
City staff currently manage these properties.
Members of the task force are Councilmen Greg Whitlock and Kelly Kelkenberg and DDA members Bill Weaver and Maxine Garner.
The task force is also studying expanding the role of the DDA in downtown development and redevelopment and expanding the DDA’s boundaries.
City staff recently prepared a detailed inventory of property owned by the city that will help in the process.
Janice Yarbrough has been assigned to assist the DDA. A 27-year city employee, Yarbrough most recently managed the Duluth Festival Center.