Duluth City Council OKs NorShor deal
By: Brandon Stahl, Duluth News Tribune
The future of the historic NorShor Theatre and Temple Opera buildings is in the city’s hands as the Duluth City Council voted 6-3 Monday to approve spending $2.6 million to buy them.
While all of the councilors voiced frustration on being forced to vote with less than a week to prepare, they eventually split along partisan lines. Democratic councilors said the opportunity to remove the strip club from the NorShor building and renovate the theater was too good to pass up.
“The timeline is certainly not desirable, but opportunities don’t always work on a timeline,” said council President Jeff Anderson.
While 2nd District Councilor Kerry Gauthier said he wanted to know more about the long-term plans for the theater, he told Mayor Don Ness, “I told you when you called me that to get rid of a strip club for
$2.6 million was cheap. … I’m probably going to take a leap of faith tonight and vote for this knowing we have to come up with a vision.”