Thanks to an incredible amount of good work by many building on years of solid planning, a long needed project is coming to fruition.
Here’s a current picture of this two acre site. Now a low value surface parking lot where vibrant buildings used to be. With the new mixed use projects, over 180 people will live there, 9,500 sqf of sidewalk and alley retail, bike parking, 450 publicly owned and operated stalls wrapped by private housing and retail developed by the excellent team at Kilbourne Group.
Crews break ground on Kilbourne’s “Roberts Garage” in downtown Fargo
Parking lots like this one in Downtown Fargo, don’t bring in much tax revenue to the city of Fargo, adding retail and apartments and a parking lot will change that.
“So from $3,400 to $240,000 and then have residents here. So it triples the parking, adds residential units from studios to lofts, and then start-up retail on the alley,” said Mike Williams, City Commissioner.
What used to be home to works of Shakespeare, Plato and Emerson in the Carnegie Library, will now go from a tar lot, to a new look for downtown. A 450 stall garage, 74 apartments and townhomes, and 9,500 square feet of retail, food and beverage space. Commissioner says there is more of this Public Private partnership to come.
“We’re not even halfway done to reach our potential, connecting to the river front, embracing the river, adding to these flats, 109 acres of flat surfaced parking lots, feature people and accommodate cars, and look for other ways to move around than having to drive everywhere,” said Mike Williams.
This comes after the city traveled to other Midwestern cities the size of Fargo, to see how downtown cores were developed, especially when a Riverfront is involved.