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Authority slows pace on Solem development

After receiving a single proposal to redevelop the 103-year-old Hotel Solem in downtown Cloquet, the city’s economic development authority is pumping the brakes on the future of the condemned property.

“We’re putting it on hold for now,” said Holly Hansen, community development director.

Requests to redevelop the three-story building that was formerly Mexico Lindo were due late last year. One developer offered a proposal and another toured the site while offering to wait and see, Hansen said.

Hansen declined to get into specifics about the sealed proposal. Instead, she said it would be importa...