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City of Duluth to demolish Merritt Park Community Center

DULUTH, MN — The city of Duluth is planning to bring down another community building in Duluth.

The demolition of the Merritt Park Community Center set for this summer is part of the city’s 2010 Master Plan.

The city says the age of the building and it not being ADA compliant are primary factors in the decision.

Officials say community centers are expensive to maintain and just aren’t used as much as they once were.

Erik Birkeland, Property and Facilities Manager says, “Duluth has a number of community center and many of them are really old, most of them are over 50 years old, and they are in tough shape some of them, some of them are in better shape than others obviously. Also, use of community centers has changed over time, so we are looking at that.”

Officials say an upgrade of the Merrit Community Center would have cost nearly three quarters of a million dollars.

Kaitlyn Moffett

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