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  • N E I G H B O R H O O DR E V I TA L I Z AT I O N

    P L A N

    City of Duluth, MinnesotaNeighborhood Revitalization Planning

    April 2007

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    Contributing Partners:City of Duluth, MN Community Development Office

    Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS)

    Prepared by

    LHB Inc.Duluth, MN

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  • L I N C O L N P A R KR E V I TA L I Z AT I O N P L A N

    T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S

    P A R T 1 : W H O A R E W E ?W H AT ' S O U R G O A L ?

    In t roduct ion & His tory o f Where We've Been. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1Neighborhood Boundar ies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1Demograph ic Cr i te r ia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 -3Consul ta t ion & St ra tegy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 -5Si te Boundary & CDBG Mapping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 -7

    P A R T 2 : R E A L I T I E S , O P P O R T U N I T I E S A N D C O N S T R A I N T S

    Examinat ion & Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8S i te Inventory & Ana lys is Mapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Phys ica l & Geograph ic Rea l i t ies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-11Economic Opportuni t ies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12Housing Opportunities...................................................................................................13Communi ty Oppor tun i t ies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14Physical Infrastructure Opportunities..............................................................................................15Focus Areas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-17

    P A R T 3 : T H E R E V I TA L I Z AT I O N P L A N

    Economic Development Goals & Act ions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18-19Hous ing Goals & Act ions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20-21Communi ty Development Goals & Act ions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22Phys ica l In f ras t ruc ture Goals & Act ions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23-24Per formance Measurements for Year One & Year F ive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-27

    A P P E N D I X

  • L i n c o l n P a r k N e i g h b o r h o o d 2 0 0 7 R e v i t a l i z a t i o n P l a n

    P A R T 1 : W H O A R E W E ?W H AT ' S O U R G O A L ?

    I n t r o d u c t i o n

    T h e L i n c o l n P a r k c o m m u n i t y i s s i t u a t e d t o t h ew e s t o f down town Du lu th and has a t r ad i t i ona l u rbanneighborhood feel. The area is predominately residential ,w i th s ing le fam i l y and mu l t i - f am i l y homes , i n te r -m ixedwith smal l businesses, community/ inst i tut ional bui ldings,and i ndus t r i a l s i t es . The ma in t ranspor ta t i on co r r i do ris along 3rd Street, which serves as a main transportat ioncor r idor th rough the ne ighborhood, w i th the major i ty o fres iden t ia l b locks to the nor th , and re ta i l , commerc ia l ,and industr ia l land uses occurr ing to the south.

    His tory o f Where We 've Been

    As a par t o f the 2000 At Home in Dulu th In i t ia t ive ,L i nco ln Pa rk ne i ghbo rhood wo rked on r ev i t a l i za t i oneffor ts for the Thi rd St reet Corr idor. That rev i ta l izat ionp lan inc luded communi ty goa ls and ac t ion i tems to he lpt ransform and enhance the character of the Third Street .

    S ince t hen , subs tan t i a l p rog ress has been madeto the s t reetscape pro jec t w i th new l ight ing, curbs andgut ters, and addi t ional boulevard t rees. In recent years,o ther de te r io ted a reas in the ne ighborhood have a lsoseen improvements. Investments were made into bui ldingnew houses on West 2nd Street, the Harr ison Recreat ion& Commun i t y Cen te r r ece i ved a new p l ayg round andother site upgrades, Piedmont Avenue was reconstructed,and a few new store- f ronts have been improved.

    Th i s 2007 rev i t a l i za t i on p l an t akes i n t o accoun twhat has a l ready been accompl ished , re -assesses thecurrent condi t ion o f the ne ighborhood, and then def inescur ren t goa ls and ta rge t a reas where the ne ighborhoodwould l i ke to see rev i ta l iza t ion occur. As in a l l p lann ing,many o f the same issues s t i l l remain , but i t i s impor tantto eva lua te wha t has been p rev ious ly ach ieved so tha twe can d iscover what new concerns have emerged.

    neighborhood

    boundaries

    The L inco ln Pa rk

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    de f ined by

    In ters ta te 35

    to the south ,

    Sky l ine Parkway

    to the nor th ,

    Car l ton S t ree t

    to the west , and

    West 15 th Avenue

    to the east .

    The CDBG

    qua l i f y i ng census

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    25, 26 , 27

    and 28 .

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    S i te Boundary &

    CDBG Census

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  • L i n c o l n P a r k N e i g h b o r h o o d 2 0 0 7 R e v i t a l i z a t i o n P l a n

    The fo l l ow ing chap te rs ou t l i ne the cu r ren tcond i t i ons o f L i nco l n Pa rk and exp l a i nsopportunities, constraints, and potential focusareas for rev i ta l iza t ion e f for ts .

    D e m o g r a p h i cC r i t e r i a

    A neighborhood scan was completedby t he HRABE Consu l t i ng G roup i n 2003 .F r o m d a t a c o l l e c t e d d u r i n g t h a t t i m e , t h eLincoln Park populat ion was approx imate ly6 ,164 , o f wh i ch 88% were wh i te , and 5 .5%were Native American. The overall populationis projected to decrease sl ight ly unt i l 2008.

    The dominant age group was co l lege-aged s tuden ts ( age 15 -24 ) wh i ch made up17% of the popu la t ion , a l though th is g roupwas expected to decrease in future years.Theage group 45-64 (baby boomers) are expectedto increase the most by 2008.

    The ne ighborhood p r imar i l y cons is tsof s ingle fami ly houses wi th median valuesestimated at $86,750. The neighborhood wasdeveloped in the ear ly 20th century, wi th thema jo r i t y o f houses bu i l t a round 1929 . Dueto lack of maintenance and housing updates,L i nco l n Pa rk was r a t ed among t he l owes tin housing condi t ions, according to the 1997Arrowhead Regional Development CommissionHousing Condi t ions Survey.

    The unemployment rate for Lincoln Parkwas a t 4 .1%, and i s p ro jec ted to dec reasethrough 2008 to 3.1 %, a very low percentagewhen compared to local, regional, and nationalra tes.

    The percentage of Lincoln Park residentsl i v ing be low the pover ty l i ne was 32% ( theweighted poverty status for a 2-person household=$10,870) with the major i ty of the populat ionearning less than $25,000 annual ly.

    Photo taken from new Piedmont Avenueoverlooking Supeiror Bay

    Typical single -family blocks inLincoln Park neighborhood

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    The area contains a high percentageof low and moderate income residents,(exceeding 53%) making block groups25, 26, 27, and 28 el igible for CDBGfunding. (See attached CDBG mapping).

    For more details on the demograhicmake up of Lincoln Park, please referto the complete ne ighborhood scanfound in the appendix.

    C o n s u l ta t i o n& St ra tegy

    Lincoln Park has a strong historyof community involvement, so forminga group of citizens to begin strategizingfor their

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