Duluth’s Proctor Square Coming Down; New Development Going Up

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The time is here! One of the City’s most frequently asked questions, when will something be done with Proctor Square? has been answered! On Tuesday, July 19th at 11:30 a.m., a ceremonial demolition gathering will be held on site at Proctor Square located behind 3116 Buford Highway. The downtown revitalization is now reaching across Buford Highway as Duluth continues its transformation!

After 43 years of retail service the Proctor Square complex and associated outparcels at the corner of Duluth Highway and Buford Highway are slated for demolition beginning next week.

The Dunwoody based developer Residential Group, LLC has acquired Proctor Square along with outparcels consisting of Duluth Corners, Georgia Cremation, and FM Appliance.   The eight-acre assemblage will become The Village in Duluth, a 375 multi-family rental unit complex with 11 retail/office store fronts with connected living space above and two corner restaurant sites.

The development will feature a wrapped parking deck accessible to the public on the first two levels, tree lined boulevard with parallel parking, sidewalks, and public art sites.  The urban style units will be split 50/50 between one room and two bedroom units.  The project is expected to take 24 months to complete. Estimated construction cost is $64,000,000.

Proctor Square was first constructed in the late 60’s on one of the highest points in Duluth.  It was the first true shopping center in Duluth and served the community well as it evolved over time.

The community is invited to attend and take a ceremonial sledgehammer swing at the property before demolition crews mobilize. To attend the event please turn off Buford Hwy onto Fox Street and enter the Proctor Square site at the gate opening. Parking is available on that end of the site (a map is attached).

We welcome press attendance at the event. Please let Alisa Williams at awilliams@duluthga.net or 678-475-3506 know if you plan to attend so that we can make sure you get any assistance/information you need while on site.

Click HERE for a map of where to go.

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11 comments

  1. This property is mostly invisible from the street. Why can’t something be done with the eyesore property that has been empty for years now at the intersection of Pleasant Hill and Howell Ferry RD???

  2. That is Fantastic! No Really, This was a absolutely necessary step in the redevelopment of Duluth and will be key in stoping the long history of Repair shops overtaking Buford Hwy!

    More Importantly, It will also provide a real consumer base for businesses in Duluth. Now, Get to work on connecting Willbrooke via trail to the city and Duluth will actually start to take shape as a walkable city. Businesses in Duluth NEED customers and you have an entire Neighborhood (Willbrooke) that was originally designed to be connected to downtown. We are ready to do our part but we need the connecting path along the Tracks. Let’s keep moving forward and good job!

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