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Plan hatched for sustainability and arts center in Moorhead

“It’s a signature food hub and nature-themed event center,” Nikki Gullickson, a Pupapo co-founder , announced at the end of a presentation on sustainability given at the Radisson Hotel on Tuesday night.

“For years and years, we’ve had downtown Moorhead not necessarily thrive at the pace that downtown Fargo has,” Amy Nash, another co-founder, told attendees.

Pupapo wants to renovate two historic Moorhead buildings to create an event center they are calling FM Urban Oasis. The sustainably built center may include a year-round farmer’s market, a restaurant serving local food, an organic cafe, artist space, a theater and classrooms

The Pupapo founders declined to say how much the project will cost and who is financing it, except that backers are “a fairly broad network of people,” and that they are applying for grants. Neither would they identify what two building they hope to renovate.

Moorhead will likely offer tax incentives to the project, said Matt Maslowski , the city’s economic development director.

“This will put Moorhead on the map,” he said.

The two-hour presentation at the Radisson was led by Terry Gips, president of the Alliance for Sustainability and another co-founder of Pupapo .

Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams, who attended the event, said the Oasis project fits in with the environmentally friendly attitudes of Moorhead residents.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Adrian Glass-Moore at (701) 241-5599

Adrian Glass-Moore

Readers are encouraged to reach Adrian Glass-Moore at (701) 241-5599 or with comments, criticisms and tips. He joined The Forum as its night reporter in 2014.