The City of Duluth Planning and Development Division today presented Zenith Awards to developers Darren Jablonsky and Joe Kleiman.
Zenith Awards are given annually to projects and or people who implement the governing principles within the Duluth Comprehensive Plan.
Jablonsky for the Redstone Lofts redevelopment project. The project redeveloped the Oliver Traphagen House, located at 1509 East Superior Street which was built in 1892. In 1919, the home was converted by the Congdon family estate into a nine-unit apartment building. The building burned in a case of arson in 2014, which caused the house to be boarded shut. Today, the redevelopment which was completed earlier in 2019 offers 11 modern lofts.
The second award was presented to Kleiman for his creative project design and adaptive reuse of a former gas station at the corner of Central Entrance and Arlington Road.
The gas station was turned into a state of the art Caribou Coffee location that includes a drive-through component through what used to be a car wash.
Kleiman has been very active in the community and has led other redevelopment projects, including the redevelopment of the former Expert Tire on First Street into a mixed-use (housing and commercial) development.
To round out the awards, Luke Sydow was recognized for his nine years of service on the Duluth planning commission. He termed off of the commission earlier this year.
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ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE, is in the middle of its biggest wind energy construction year as it celebrates this week’s American Wind Week.
ALLETE Clean Energy is poised to nearly double its carbon-free wind capacity to more than 1,000 megawatts with three new wind farms under construction in 2019 and 2020. Its renewable wind projects will support the economies of local, rural communities in seven states with jobs, taxes, donations and volunteer activities.
New projects include the Diamond Spring wind site in Oklahoma that will sell renewable wind power to Walmart, Starbucks and Smithfield Foods; Diamond Spring will be the largest wind facility owned by ALLETE Clean Energy – producing enough power for 114,000 homes, and increasing ALLETE Clean Energy’s total wind capacity to approximately 1,000 megawatts at 9 sites. Other projects are the Glen Ullin wind site in North Dakota that will sell energy to Northern States Power, an Xcel Energy subsidiary; and the South Peak wind farm in Montana that will sell its wind power to NorthWestern Energy.
“American Wind Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the advances in renewable, carbon-free wind power across our company, our industry and our country. The wind energy industry is creating meaningful economic growth for state and local governments, landowner partners, vendors and employees across the country,” said ALLETE Clean Energy President Allan S. Rudeck Jr. “These opportunities will continue to grow as society demands cleaner forms of energy. Our ALLETE Clean Energy team is committed to answering the call to transform the nation’s energy landscape while creating growth for communities where we operate and building value for ALLETE shareholders and our customers.”
Wind technician is the second-fastest growing occupation in America, and ALLETE Clean Energy’s continued growth and investment in clean energy means the company will soon need wind technicians in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Montana while maintaining its current sites in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Oregon and Minnesota. The company has grown from four employees in 2011 to more than 80 in 2019, while delivering increasing amounts of clean and affordable energy to its customers.
As a Yellow Ribbon company, ALLETE Clean Energy also is committed to hiring and supporting veterans, military members and their families. With their technical skills and team-oriented work experience, veterans and service members find jobs in the renewable wind sector at a 67 percent higher rate than in other industries.
“Our talented employees are at the heart of our success, and as we grow there will be more opportunities to join our team,” Rudeck said.
Wind power is America’s No. 1 source of renewable energy. In celebration, the American Wind Energy Association hosts an annual “American Wind Week” with a wide variety of events around the country that show how wind works for all Americans. The U.S. is where utility-scale wind turbines were invented. America has become a global leader in wind power, with some of the best wind resources and the most productive wind turbines in the world.