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Plans Underway for New Parking Ramp in Downtown Fargo

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The Fargo parking commission will pick from four architectural firms to build a $5 million dollar downtown parking ramp. On Thursday morning, commissioners considered experience level, design examples, and the possibility for mixed use, to help determine the final four.

They are hoping to combine restaurants, shops or office space into the ramp design. In addition to downtown growth, the commission also recognizes the need for parking after the new city hall is built.

"Virtually every parking lot and ramp we have, with the exception of a few spots in the Island Park ramp, is full," explains city of Fargo planning director Jim Gilmour. "So if we can't provide parking for people, people are reluctant to lease space downtown, to expand their businesses downtown ."

The need for parking is also great because of construction happening on the 2nd Street flood wall.

"There's 100 renters in that lot that are going to be displaced that really won't be able to come back because the flood wall takes up a portion of that." 

Commissioners hope to have an architectural firm selected in August.  
They say, at the earliest, building could begin some time next year.    
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