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Published October 05, 2010, 12:00 AM

New West Fargo bar receives liquor license

Although residents openly voiced their opinion of another bar opening in West Fargo at the last City Commission meeting, the bar received its liquor license Monday night with little debate.

By: Wendy Reuer, INFORUM

Although residents openly voiced their opinion of another bar opening in West Fargo at the last City Commission meeting, the bar received its liquor license Monday night with little debate.

The West Fargo City Commission approved the license of Bar Nine, which plans to open in the Technology Center building at 1405 Prairie Parkway.

Bar Nine’s license was delayed at the commission’s last meeting after residents spoke of noise concerns.

Four food and alcohol establishments already operate in the area off Ninth Street East and 13th Avenue.

On Monday, Commissioner Mark Simmons said he spoke to local residents who asked that a fence or structure that blocks noise be open to consideration in the future, if the noise levels from the bar become a concern.

The commission approved the liquor license unanimously.

In other business:

The commission voted to agree with the North Dakota Department of Transportation on two of three preferred designs in the Main Avenue Reconstruction project.

Reconstruction of Main Avenue from Fifth Street to 45th Street is slated to begin in 2012.

Lars Dryrdahl, owner of Lars Body Shop, requested the westbound left-hand-turn lane be shifted farther east to better accommodate truck traffic.

NDDoT has no preference on the request.

City Engineer Kevin Bucholz said the area businesses have agreed they would be OK with a shift in design.

“The theory behind this is the property owners all discussed they would have a shared access,” Bucholz said.

The commission agreed to endorse a change in the design if all affected businesses are on board.

“If the state doesn’t really care and you can satisfy the business owners, do it,” Mayor Rich Mattern said.

The commission voted to endorse NDDOT’s design options at McDonald’s, which gives the property two separate driveways off Fifth Street rather than exit directly onto Main.

The commission also agreed with NDDOT’s design of a right-in, right-out access from Main for the business Service Oil.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530

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