The Redevelopment Authority for the City of Superior on Tuesday, Aug. 31, approved land sales that would pave the way for future growth on Connors Point and the addition of five new homes to the city’s East End neighborhood. The resolutions will go before the city council for a final vote Tuesday, Sept. 7.
RACS members unanimously approved selling a 1.8-acre parcel on Connors Point to C&C Holdings of Duluth for $60,000. The two-phase development of the space includes adding a new office building and storage facility for Nordic Group, a shoreline and marine construction company that currently rents space from AMI Consulting Engineers.
Chad Scott of Duluth and Isabella native Craig Jouppi started AMI in Duluth in 2006. Three years later, the business outgrew its space and the founders moved to Connors Point, where they built their own marina and offices, before adding Nordic Group to the site.
“We purposely built the original building for AMI. It always had a small rental area, and then we eventually bought a larger piece of property and then it’s just been developing,” Scott said.
The company's client roster includes local, national, regional and international projects, some for the National Park Service. And the engineering firm is again bursting at the seams, Scott said.
AMI currently employs 47 people and has satellite offices in St. Paul and Virginia, Minnesota, as well as Pensacola, Florida. Scott and Jouppi are also co-owners of C&C Holdings and Nordic Group, which employs 30.
“The building we’re doing across the street is for Nordic,” Scott said. “The existing one that we have now is AMI and it’s full, so we have no room for growth in that building.”
He said future plans include adding a third floor to the current AMI building.
As part of the agreement, the city will provide a $25,000 grant to the company after the first phase of construction is completed. Scott said the steel building is already purchased. He expected site work to begin this fall, and phase one to be completed in the spring.
The redevelopment authority members also approved the sale of 1.1 acres, one half of the 1800 block of East Eighth Street, to Bear Creek Development LLC for $96,000. There is currently one house on the other half of the block, which has utilities but no alley access. The developers intend to build five single-family homes on the vacant lots.
“All the utilities are there, it’s a good infill development for us, and I’m really excited to see what they’re looking at in developing,” said Economic Development, Planning and Port Director Jason Serck.
The plan is to get a couple of the foundations in this fall and work towards putting the others together over the next year or two, he said. According to the schedule submitted, the developers estimate completion of all five homes by the end of 2023.
Theresa Laurivick Cloutier and Ron Hoff, two of the three partners behind Bear Creek Development, said the homes will be one-story structures with basements and attached garages that face the street. The homes are expected to sell for between $275,000 and $325,000.
“The goal is to have two foundations before winter,” Hoff said.