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Construction is at least three years away, but a local developer is leading an effort to amass 80 acres between Spirit Mountain and the St. Louis River for a housing/lodging/retail complex. (Clint Austin /

Developers eye 80 acres below Spirit Mountain

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A major development project is taking shape at the base of Spirit Mountain.

Developer Brad Johnson said he is in line to acquire about 75 of the 80 acres he hopes to amass for a project that could cater to tourists, homebuyers, shoppers, diners and maybe even office workers. Located in Duluth's Riverside neighborhood and dubbed the Village at Spirit Lake, the mixed-use development would include access both to the slopes and to the banks of the St. Louis River.


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