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Companies to relocate to Duluth Town Green

DULUTH - Masha Anderson Bomar's heart has always been in Duluth. Soon, her company will be, too.

Bomar, who is a city councilwoman, broke ground Thursday on the new headquarters for her engineering business Street Smarts, along with Mathias Corporation, the construction firm that just completed the Duluth City Hall.

The businesses will be side-by-side in a 40,000-square-foot office building on Main Street, overlooking the Town Green.

"I've always wanted to be down here," Bomar said of relocating to the city center from Street Smarts' current Sugarloaf Parkway address. "The quality of life that I'm offering my staff by being here and not on a major highway, it's night and day."

Bomar said she envisions her staffers' spouses and children coming by for lunch or staying afterward for a concert in the park. In addition, she said the location is ideal for bringing in clients.

"What a different feel to be down here than anywhere else," said Dave Heydinger of Mathias, which is moving from another location within the city.

The companies do some work together, but Bomar and Heydinger said what the two have most in common is the value of quality work.

"It fit like two pieces of a puzzle," Heydinger said. "Both of us are so committed and love the city so much."

The building will house about 100 employees.