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Kyle Potter, Published September 18 2013

Decision expected Thursday on new home for Fargo City Hall

FARGO – A committee is expected to decide Thursday on the home of the new City Hall, and it’s almost certain to stay at its current site in downtown Fargo.

City Administrator Pat Zavoral said the size and complications of the other four possible sites, scattered throughout downtown, make repurposing the current Civic Center and City Hall site the presumptive choice. That site, near the bank of the Red River at First Avenue and Fourth Street North, has been the frontrunner for weeks.

Zavoral said the 13-member board, composed of residents appointed by city commissioners, could also select the layout of the revamped block.

Local architect Richard Moorhead, of Image Group Architecture and Interior, drew up four possible layouts for redeveloping the site including a possible new Fargodome convention center on the block.

The committee may select between the four options, but could just formally select redeveloping the current site and leave picking the layout to others, Zavoral said.

The four proposed layouts come with price tags ranging from $10 million to $13.8 million, not including parking. Parking could add $500,000 to $3.75 million to the cost.

The other possible sites – the U.S. Bank Plaza on Broadway, the old Pierce Co. building at the 1000 block of First Avenue North, the Mid-America Steel building at 92 NP Ave. and the Romantix block at the 400 block of NP Avenue across from the Ground Transportation Center – are “probably off the table,” Zavoral said.

The City Hall Site Selection Committee is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Fargo City Commission chambers.

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