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Apartment project in Duluth could ease housing crunch

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Harbor Bay development
A rendering of the Harbor Bay Real Estate development along London Road and 21st Ave East in Duluth.
Courtesy of City of Duluth

Duluth leaders announced plans Friday for a new $36 million apartment and retail complex about a mile east of downtown.

  Developers are planning about 150 apartments with views of Lake Superior, a project that would help address the city's workforce housing shortage, Mayor Don Ness said.

• Earlier: Duluth is adding jobs, but running out of housing

  "We've seen tremendous job growth, especially in the professional ranks, at Maurice's, in the engineering field in the city of Duluth, and we're bringing these professionals to town," Ness said. "They're being frustrated that they can't find the type of unit, the market rate apartment, that they want to live in."

  Duluth needs an additional 4,400 housing units by 2020, according to a market analysis the city recently commissioned. Much of that demand is from young professionals.

  Developers hope to complete the project by 2016.