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Concerns Don't Stop Plans for Edgewood Estates

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"We ought to pause and think about whether a development of more houses along the river is the best solution for Fargo," one neighbor of the proposed Edgewood Estates development said in front of the Planning Commission.

An overflowing show of concern turned out Fargo City Hall, Tuesday night. Every seat in the house and even those in the lobby were filled.

Plans are moving forward to build that riverside housing development, dubbed Edgewood Estates, where the Cardinal Muench Seminary now stands on 35th Ave Northeast.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman was there as dozens tried to put an end to it.

Troops have been planning this fight for some time. A sign stands at the intersection of 35th Ave NE and Elm St, reminding the neighborhood to attend the public hearing and encouraging them to "be heard." Neighbors are holding their ground on the 89 acres to the east, which now lie in the hands of the Planning Commission.

"I think that the overwhelming feeling in the neighborhood is that this would not benefit the neighborhood. As such, I would ask that you support the people who elected you," Alexander Wagner, a neighbor in the area, told commissioners.

Developing the site means losing the open space, funding a new levy project and increasing traffic.

The developer promised homeowners wouldn't pay for the new dikes, but traffic issues may be just as valuable.

"As far as the traffic impact report, the only reason this will gain any support from me today is solely to see the next step in that process," Jeff Morrau, Commissioner, said.

The commission unanimously approved the plans, despite so much opposition.However, no ground can be broken until a final plat is approved through the commission. In the mean time, a traffic study will help to shed light on effects to the existing community along Edgewood Avenue. Currently, the road is only used for access to the golf course and restaurant.
Amidst the obvious opposition, some supporters of the development attended the public hearing.

"There's lots of people that want to live in North Fargo and there's no new expansions, there's no homes going in there," Patricia Mathern said.


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