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Veterans Boulevard Booming

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The corridor along Veterans Boulevard between West Fargo and Fargo could be the hottest property in the state.

Whether it's current construction or what's being discussed, there's a lot happening. 

As we race toward the four-year anniversary of Veterans Boulevard, growth has reached a pace way beyond what West Fargo's Mayor imagined.

West Fargo mayor Rich Mattern: "None of that was a thought in anybody's eye. [...] Probably as a city, we thought 25 years; what will things be in 25 years to start to happen in less than 10."

On the west side of I-94 to the north, the Cambia hotel is nearing completion; nearby the Blarney Stone, a restaurant and bar; on the east side, look for a seven-story Aloft Hotel to be built, with plans for a restaurant as well; to the south of the interstate, Costco is open; on the east, Sanford is digging in. And that's just the beginning.

West Fargo's City Planner tells Valley News Live, a Taco Bell and Strip Mall will be going in, as well as a Gate City Bank to the south; a mixed-use building in the same general vicinity -- retail on the lower side, residential upstairs-- ; west of Costco, Farm Credit Services; the Catholic Diocese is planning a bus barn and school south of 26th near Bluestem and 7th; a 330-unit apartment complex is planned between 26th and 31st avenues.          

Real estate attorney Daniel Bueide is handling 300 acres in the area. He says the speed and the quality of the development is unmatched.

Bueide: "We're in discussions with a big box retail [which] would occupy part of the ground west of Costco; we're in discussions with someone who wants to develop a large independent office building right along Vets."

And that's just the commercial development. Last year more than 140 homes were built in the area, planners expect the same amount again this year; at this pace, West Fargo expects the area to be fully developed in five years.

Mattern:  "Any time you build a school, they will come [...] And it seems like we're building a school every week, so I really do see continued growth."

Of course, where there's high demand, you can expect to pay premium prices. Some half-acre lots in the Shadowcreek area went for $100,000 apiece.

By the way, we're hearing some talk about Super Target as a possible big box for that area. However, no one who talked to Valley News Live spoke would confirm it-- in fact, they shied away from such talk-- waiting instead to see something in writing first. Stay tuned!

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