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Big Plans For Downtown Fargo Development

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If you build it, they will come. That's what development groups are hoping for Downtown Fargo. The goal of development groups is to build a multi-business, living and parking space, along with another large parking ramp.

Kristen Cain of Hawley says, "Fargo's a cool town that doesn't know it's cool yet."

"I think there should be more buffets downtown. I think that's what they lack in," says Derrick Smith of Fargo.

Everyone wants something different.

Cain says, "More restaurants would be great. I love a good sushi restaurant."

"I like family dollar stores where you can get bleach and stuff like that. I think they need a grocery store down here, too," says Smith.

But one thing they all agree on, is that they want MORE in downtown Fargo. And now their wishes are coming true.

Kilbourne Group Chairman, Doug Burgum, says, "It's exciting that we have such a vibrant retail community here in downtown Fargo." He adds, right now, there's 100% occupancy of Broadway between railroad tracks, and thousands more people are living there. There are plans to build a parking ramp on the corner of Roberts Street and 2nd Avenue North and to have a large structure on Broadway and 2nd Avenue.

"That site is essentially the 50 yard line for the best metro area within hundreds of miles," says Burgum.

These developments will bring in more housing, retail and hotels.

"All the things people want to have, so people can live, work, eat play, learn, all the things that happen without getting in your car," says Burgum.

And for people like Derrick Smith, improving downtown will keep him and others, and bring more in.

Smith says, "I love Fargo. I want to retire here."

Another aspect of this project is that many of those businesses that will be coming up are likely to have rooftop access, which will give more of an appeal for downtown patrons. The development group is hoping it could start as soon as 2013, However they don't have a set timeline. They just know this project will happen.

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