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Heidi Shaffer, Published August 26 2010

New downtown Fargo development to offer apartments

A new five-story apartment building going up this year will help expand Fargo’s downtown development farther to the west.

The $4 million project proposed by developer Jay Alsop of APM is expected to get under way this fall, and the planned 48 apartments aimed toward college students and young professionals will open by the end of next summer.

The old Interior Lumber building at 21 8th St. N. will be demolished next week to make way for the new development.

“It’s a fun addition to a very blighted area,” architect Terry Stroh told the Fargo Renaissance Zone Authority on Tuesday, when the board approved the building’s project application.

“It’s a really good location from a student’s perspective,” he said.

The first level will contain 28 covered parking stalls, a storage area and a lobby, with apartments on the top four floors, Alsop said.

The building will contain studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and four-bedroom apartments ranging from $520 to $1,600 a month for rent.

The new addition to the neighborhood will help continue development on the Plains Art Museum block, where Stroh also opened his architect offices and apartment building in 2009.

The Plains Art Museum also has plans to refurbish the three buildings to the west of the main museum and directly north of the new apartments to make room for a creative art studio, Stroh said.

Alsop said the development on the block will help clean up the area and make it safer for pedestrian traffic.

“That’s going to be a beautiful area when it’s done,” said Dave Piepkorn, a city commissioner who sits on the Renaissance authority.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511