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Construction wraps up on new business park along Fargo's Main Avenue and I-29

Konrad Olson is the commercial agent leasing out the space at the new Butler Business Park located on the southeast corner of Main Avenue and Interstate 29 in Fargo.David Samson / The Forum1 / 2
This 81,000-square-foot space leased by XPO Logistics is in one of the buildings at the new Butler Business Park located on the southeast corner of Main Avenue and Interstate 29 in Fargo. David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

FARGO—A major corner along two busy Fargo corridors is rebuilt and ready for a second life as a business park after a two-year, $18 million project.

Butler Business Park, which took the place of the former Butler Machinery site on 15 acres at the southeast corner of Main Avenue and Interstate 29, first started taking shape last summer.

A 64,480-square-foot building at 100 36th St. S. was completed last year, and construction on a 125,060-square-foot second building at 3500 Main Ave. wrapped up earlier this month.

Three tenants have leased more than 60 percent of the buildings' space so far, and two more units remain available.

While these facilities in a light industrial zone aren't built for the kinds of businesses that tend to draw a lot of people, such as restaurants and retail stores, Konrad Olson said the new structures are already "a big improvement" over the former site.

"Now it's kind of a showpiece for what can be done at a major intersection in the city," said Olson, a leasing agent representing Hyde Development, the project's landlord and developer.

Something new

The two buildings are both part of Butler Business Park, but there is a difference between the structures that affects their intended use.

The larger building at 3500 Main Ave. has 32-foot-high ceilings, which Olson said is more appealing for warehouse-type use because it allows tenants to maximize what they can do in the same square footage. Warehouse racks can be stacked higher, he said, adding more storage space without requiring a larger footprint.

XPO Logistics, a national and international logistics provider that contracts for shipping, storage and distribution for other companies, is moving into about 81,000 square feet of this building, leaving a 41,000-square-foot vacant unit on the other end.

In the smaller building at 100 36th St. S., Werner Electric Supply occupies about 18,000 square feet, while relocation company Schiele Enterprises Inc. has 12,000 square feet on the other end. That leaves a 32,000-square-foot vacancy in the middle, Olson said.

He said the smaller building has 24-foot ceilings, which is suitable for construction companies, contractors and other businesses that might want a showroom and warehouse in the same facility.

The two buildings also have a lot in common, including state-of-the-art fire suppression systems, proximity lighting and insulation between two thick concrete panels that make up the outer walls.

"There's really no other buildings that are for rent in recent times in our market like this," Olson said.

The buildings were constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications, though they aren't certified.

Olson said the concrete walls provide more security over metal buildings, in terms of keeping people and pests out, while also boosting energy efficiency.

For more information on the development, visit www.butlerbusinesspark.com.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.

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