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Downtown construction update: Maurices

Some sidewalks are closed on West Superior Street on the 400 block and 5th Avenue West, but pedestrians may use the opposite side of the street. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger/Duluth Budgeteer)

Site set-up got underway in the last couple days of April for the construction of the new Maurices headquarters and public parking ramp in the 400 block of West Superior Street.

Superior Street will remain open for two-way traffic along this block and four-way stop signs have been installed in place of traffic signals at the corner of 5th Avenue West. The sidewalk on the west side of 5th Avenue West will be closed. Pedestrians will be able to use the sidewalk on the east side of the street. Drivers can expect some delays in traffic during busy travel times. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes such as or Third Street and Mesaba Avenue to access I-35.

West First Street will also be closed possibly for four weeks. Work is being done to remove the AT&T communications tower which requires the temporary installation of large, heavy equipment on the block between 3rd and 4th Avenue West in downtown Duluth. Pedestrian traffic will be allowed.

In addition, the skywalks that directly connect to the Palladio and former KDLH buildings have now been closed off and will remain closed during the construction period.

Demolition of the former KDLH building began last week and the Palladio building thereafter, approximately early June. An excavator will be used for demolition. Plans are in place to minimize noise pollution, debris and vibration in the area.

Occupancy of the new headquarters is targeted for Spring 2016.

The new Maurices headquarters, located at 425 W. Superior St., will be approximately 200,000 square feet, stand 11 stories in height and span an entire city block. It’s the largest downtown commercial development in Duluth’s history.