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Helmut Schmidt, Published May 13 2009

Fargo Park Board votes to buy northside land for $875,000

The Fargo Park Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to buy a northside property for $875,000 to build a park maintenance shop and a Fargo Senior Services transportation facility.

The 4.3-acre parcel is at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 15th Street North.

The land is owned by Gary Reinhart, said Jim Larson, the Park District’s director of finance and human resources. He did not have an address for Reinhart.

The district will take possession of the north part of the lot Aug. 1, and the rest of the land Sept. 30, 2010, allowing Reinhart to remove property.

The district will pay for the land from a $1.1 million fund dedicated to long-term capital projects.

A new northside maintenance building will cost $1 million, Larson said. Using proceeds from the sale of the current facility would bring the Park District’s cost to roughly $1.6 million. He said the facility will be built on the south part of the land in three to five years.

Larson said Fargo Senior Services is seeking $1.5 million to build the bus storage facility. If the city has the money, construction could begin this fall, Larson said. Senior Services would reimburse the Park District for its part of the land.

The agreement is contingent on no issues being found in an environmental study.

The board also unanimously voted to:

Accept the donation of two lighted signs, worth about $45,000, from Fargo’s Gate City Bank to highlight events at the Southwest Youth Ice Arena and at Rheault Farm.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583