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Neighborhood Upset Over Possible Expansion

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Some people who live in North Fargo are fuming tonight after they say a local business is trying to set up shop in the middle of their neighborhood.


They believe it will ruin the entire street, adding extra traffic and taking away the historic charm.
The controversy is taking place along 14th Avenue and 5th Street North in Fargo.
That's where Rosewood on Broadway,an assisted living facility, recently purchased two lots in hopes of expanding.
Neighbors are doing whatever they can to stop it.

The lawn mower working out front and the laughs coming from her son Arlo,
are the noises Jessica Hanson Thurn are used to.

"The diversity of this neighborhood is great and it's quiet," says Hanson-Thurn.

But Hanson Thurn is afraid this neighborhood is about to get louder.

"They want to turn it into a 2 story brick building, 25 feet from my home" says Hanson-Thurn.

Hanson Thurn is talking about the expansion Rosewood on Broadway is proposing.

"They are not thinking of the residents of the neighborhood," says Hanson Thurn.

Now Rosewood has owned property on 5th Street North for months but because of residential zoning laws people who live here thought they were safe, but things changed once they bought this yellow house.

"I'm worried about how it will affect the neighborhood," says Ann Braaten, who lives on 5th Street North.

Braaten is scared that changing the zoning to allow Rosewood to expand will ruin things.

"There will be more traffic and the charm will go away," says Braaten.

Hansen Thurn has gone as far as starting a petition, doing anything to keep her street a neighborhood and not a business.

"It's the Rosewood on Broadway, not the Rosewood on 5th," says Hansen Thurn.

The president of Rosewood says as of now, no final plans are in place until they can get the zoning changed to what they need.
He adds they would be looking at a building that would include additional residents rooms but it's not clear how large the addition would be.
The issue was addressed at the last planning commission meeting but it was tabled until September 6th.

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