FARGO - Fought by residents in the Roosevelt neighborhood, a proposed apartment project that's part of the Newman Center expansion in north Fargo is undergoing a redesign, according to developer Larry Nygard.
The vice president of Roers, which has partnered with the Catholic church, said Tuesday, Oct. 2, that he's working on plans that he hopes to bring to neighborhood representatives. The process takes a bit longer because Roers has to also get the OK from the church, he said.
The Newman Center is a Catholic ministry aimed at students at nearby North Dakota State University.
Residents aren't opposed to the ministry's expansion, which includes some additional housing, but have criticized Roers for the high-density apartments the firm hopes to build.
Rezoning and other changes needed for the project were expected to go before the city's Planning Commission again on Tuesday, but Roers asked to push the hearing back to Nov. 6.
With the university's explosive enrollment growth the past few decades, many homes that used to be single-family homes have become student rentals. Residents have complained about overcrowding and the loss of families with younger children, threatening the local elementary school with closure.
The last time the $40 million project appeared before the planning commission, it featured a larger Newman Center, 29 faith-based apartment units and 107 market-rate units. That total of 136 units is less than the up to 378 units Roers had envisioned in 2016 when the church unveiled its plans.