Downtown Revitalization: Fargo, North Dakota

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Metro Jacksonville takes a visit to successfully revitalized downtown that most Jaxsons know very little about: Fargo.

Downtown Fargo Photo Tour

Completed in 1985, The 18-story Radisson Hotel Fargo is the tallest building in Downtown Fargo.

625 First Avenue North was constructed in 1910 for the Pioneer Life Insurance Company. In 2000, the upper floors of the building were renovated and became the Dakotah Pioneer House and the Mental Health Clinic. The street level of the building has been home to a variety of shops during the life of the building.

The Fargo Forum was originally constructed as a three-story building in 1926.  Two additional stories were added in 1938.

Cityscapes Plaza features 40,000 square feet of retail space and 104 deluxe studio, 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apartments on the upper four levels.

The Gardner Hotel opened in 1908. Guests over the years included Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin, and Jack Dempsey. In 1985, the old hotel was converted into 129 apartment units.

Plains Art Museum is the largest museum of art in the state. The museum has been located in a former International Harvester Company warehouse (built in 1904) since 1996.

The recently completed Mark Apartments is a 45-unit residential community featuring a mix of one- and two-bedroom units.

The Robb Lawrence Building (NDSU Renaissance Hall) was a farm implement warehouse when completed in 1903. Vacant for much of the 1990s, the building was saved from demolition when software developer Doug Burgum purchased and donated the structure to North Dakota State University for the Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs. It reopened in 2004 as NDSU's downtown campus

: Working with NDSU to help it grow inward toward downtown. In 2001, NDSU acquired a 52,000 square foot building in downtown, the first of many university buildings downtown. This commitment from NDSU has helped downtown become a lively place. Along with the transit system, the university has created the UPass cooperative, a bus pass for students from the main campus to downtown. This has helped Metro Area Transit ridership double in the past 5 years, to nearly 1.7 million.

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