Doug Anderson, Published October 19 2013
Letter: Flood plan worthy of supportAt the Sept. 13 meeting of the Downtown Community Partnership board of directors, City Engineer, April Walker and the consultant, Jerry Bents, from Houston Engineering presented an update on the Second Street North Flood Control Project. Their presentation was thorough and informative, and we thank the city of Fargo for providing us the opportunity to learn firsthand about this project.
After this presentation, the Downtown Community Partnership board of directors unanimously voted in support of the Second Street North Flood Control Project. Permanent flood protection is a long-standing goal of the Downtown Community Partnership in order to protect existing investments and to ensure future development of downtown Fargo.
Our board was polled on the options presented. The overwhelming preferences include:
- Permanent flood protection.
- The utmost consideration for long-term development in providing 24/7 utilization of the riverfront with mixed-use and residential expansion opportunities.
- Good connectivity from the downtown to the riverfront, including bridged access to the Moorhead side to capitalize on recreational amenities offered on both sides of the river.
- Abundant green space with above-grade and below-grade features.
We support the Fargo City Commission in considering all possibilities, including a potential hybrid of all options presented to date.
The Downtown Community Partnership is comprised of more than 150 investor members from throughout the community. These members range in size from large corporations with more than a century of service to the community to smaller businesses in existence for just a few short months. Our mission is to be promoters, advocates, educators and visionaries of our historic downtown by connecting and partnering inside our community and beyond.
Doug Anderson is the chairman of the Downtown Community Partnership, Fargo