Photos courtesy of Kilbourne Group
Have you been downtown lately? It might surprise you. There are places to grab an early morning breakfast, businesses and services that keep the city buzzing all day long and fun to be had late into the night. The energy of downtown Fargo is hard to describe, but you’ll know it when you feel it.
As part of The Black Building’s largest renovation in its history, updates include painting of the ironwork on its façade.
Downtown is in a constant state of change. There are the obvious signs of evolution: cranes, roads closed, pedestrian tunnels protecting you from construction work overhead. And then there are the not-so-obvious signs: people hard at work, implementing the changes thousands of citizens asked for in the Fargo InFocus Comprehensive Downtown Plan, development of public art programs to add local color in places you’d least expect it and creation of the right policies and programs to make it all happen.
Did you know you can help shape the future of Downtown Fargo? One of the beautiful things about a city of our size is that if you want a seat at the table, there is room for you. The City of Fargo regularly calls for people to get involved in commissions, task forces and work groups. Community building organizations are always in need of volunteers. You are always invited to give your feedback and share your vision for the future.
The Black Building is currently undergoing its largest renovation in its nearly 90-year history. It’s getting a new roof, new mechanical systems, an exterior cleaning and fresh paint on its elegant, Art Deco detailing. The first phase of reconstruction includes four office floors. They’ve been opened up, allowing a flood of natural light in, and are ready for their next chapter.
Dillard is a mixed-use project being constructed directly north of Roberts Commons. Anchoring Dillard will be a new local restaurant, BeerFish, which is bordered by Roberts Alley on the east and a new alley, full of possibilities, on the north. At seven-stories in height, Dillard will add 84 brand new apartment units to the growing downtown Fargo neighborhood.
You can be assured that after a summer of construction, all streets are open and your first two hours of parking in Roberts Garage are always free, in addition to nights and weekends.
There are quite a few other projects happening as well. It’s an exciting time to come and check things out! The Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade on November 20 is a great time to see downtown lit up for the season. Lots of business owners are planning special events for you that day and night, including a Holiday Market at the Black Building. Small Business Saturday on November 24 is a great reason shop downtown Fargo. Also, Christkindlmarkt runs November 28 through December 1 in the Stone Building at 613 First Avenue North, across the street from Wurst Bier Hall.
If all that doesn’t grab you, we’ve also welcomed dozens of new businesses to downtown Fargo in the last couple of years. There are new places to shop, new restaurants, new cookies, cookie dough and even ice cream. There are so many people in our community that have taken the leap and opened new places for us all to enjoy. Downtown Fargo overflows with unique and new experiences. Let’s accept their invitation.
The 100 Block of Broadway
The 100 Block of Broadway is our third project and includes the former Metro Drug building, built in 1893, on its corner. After splitting this space into three storefronts, we’ve welcomed The Silver Lining Creamery, Wasabi, Poke Bowl and soon, Black Coffee and Waffle Bar. After life safety systems such as fire suppression sprinklers and new electrical and plumbing are installed, new apartments will be constructed on the upper levels of 117 and 115 Broadway.
Block 9 is almost two months into a 24-month construction plan. The basement excavation for the tower is now complete and next there will be 367 foundational pilings sunk into the site. Truck traffic on Second Avenue North was heavy through October and has since moved to Third Avenue North. We’re capturing the construction on time-lapse camera and you can view the progress at Block9Fargo.com.