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Student Housing Moves into Historic Neighborhood

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Demolition in North Fargo could wind up helping some NDSU students, but may have another effect on new Fargo families.
Tuesday, two historic houses came down near NDSU to make room for much needed student housing. But, some families in the neighborhood say the area is struggling to find the right environment. Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman went to find out what's in this balancing act.

"A lot of memories, absolutely," Sandra Holbrook laughs. A significant date in Sandra's history, today she moves out of the home where she raised her boys and away from the porch where she watched her granddaughter's soccer games. On a March day 40 years ago, her family moved into the green home on 15th Street North. And on a similar March day, they pack up those memories. 
"It's been a wonderful place and I'm going to miss it a lot," she said.
Ironically, today is also the day other longtime members of the Roosevelt Neighborhood say goodbye. Two houses down, a bulldozer rests from a long day's work. A demolition crew took down two of the homes on the block that date back more than a hundred years. They were moved from other parts of the city, survivors of another time.
"I care deeply about what happens to this neighborhood because it is one of those neighborhoods that needs to be tended to and cared for and preserved for its history."
But, being right next door to the NDSU campus, this neighborhood is expected to alleviate a housing crunch. Students who are scrambling to find apartments close to their classes may soon have an answer in the new apartment buildings and townhouses going up around Sandra's home. Unfortunately, the renters she sees moving in haven't kept up the quality of the homes.
"You can drive elsewhere in Roosevelt Neighborhood and see many dilapidated houses too, but we're over-supplied in this part of the neighborhood," Sandra said.
Out with the old, in the with new.
Sandra leaves with some hope that 40 years from now, someone else might be doing the same.
"It doesn't make people want to buy a home and live here with their kids."
The two homes that were torn down will clear the way for new townhouses to take their place, offering up space for another 12 units.


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