FARGO - Uptown & Main is making a big addition to southwest Fargo - and there’s more to come.

Enclave has broken ground for a 155,000-square-foot building that will add 110 apartment homes and nearly 5,000 square feet of first floor retail space to Phase II of its development bordering bustling Veterans Boulevard.

The West Fargo-based development, construction and management firm said Lyv at Uptown & Main, which will go up just east of McAlister’s Deli and south of Plaza Azteca, should be completed by summer 2022.

Lyv will join the existing mixed-use Uptown & Main building, Caribou Coffee, Plaza Azteca, Gunderson’s Jewelers and McAlister’s Deli in the development.

Tim Gleason, a developer at Enclave, said it's satisfying to be part of the tremendous growth along Veterans Boulevard.

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“It’s fun to just contribute to the vibrancy of that area of town,” Gleason said Tuesday, June 29. “Southwest Fargo is one of the fastest growing areas in North Dakota, if not the fastest growing area in North Dakota, so it’s fun to be part of that, and to be part of the next phase of Uptown & Main.”

Lyv was designed in collaboration with Fargo-based TL Stroh Architects. It includes sheltered green space and multiple community patios. The building also offers club level amenities on the top floor, including 10-foot ceilings. There is a rooftop patio and grill, ground level patio and fire pit, underground parking, bike room, fitness studio, pet spa, package room, and other conveniences, Gleason said.

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An office building is still planned for Phase I of the development. It will sit west of the original Uptown & Main building, Gleason said.

The $18 million first phase Uptown & Main building, seen Tuesday, June 29, 2021, opened in 2019.  (Helmut Schmidt/The Forum)
The $18 million first phase Uptown & Main building, seen Tuesday, June 29, 2021, opened in 2019. (Helmut Schmidt/The Forum)

The latest round of construction is being celebrated at the recently opened McAlister’s Deli at 5600 28th Ave. S.

McAlister's Co-owner Steven Majkrzak says construction of Lyv at Uptown & Main will be a big boost for businesses in the area, his included.

“I think it’s fantastic. Enclave’s vision, it’s truly amazing what they’re doing (and) what they’ve done in Phase 1 and now they’re continuing their vision into Phase II,” Majkrzak said Wednesday, June 30. “We view it as only being helpful for us. That’s more businesses, that’s more individuals that are going to be living in our area, living in those premium facilities that they’ve built. It’s absolutely exciting for us.”

Majkrzak said Enclave founders Austin Morris and Ben Meland shared their vision with him before he decided to build McAlister’s in Uptown & Main.

“It’s exciting what those guys are doing,” Majkrzak said. “It’s cool to see it all play out and see how they’ve made changes and adapted along the way. It’s really exciting stuff. I think they’re doing such a fantastic job on Veterans.”

McAlister's Deli, pictured Tuesday, June 29, 2021, opened in May as part of Phase II construction for the Uptown & Main development  next to Veterans Boulevard in southwest Fargo. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)
McAlister's Deli, pictured Tuesday, June 29, 2021, opened in May as part of Phase II construction for the Uptown & Main development next to Veterans Boulevard in southwest Fargo. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

The $18 million first phase of Uptown & Main opened in 2019. The first floor of the building at 2633 55th St. S. has 24,500 square feet of retail, commercial or restaurant space, topped by three floors with 67 multi-family luxury condominium units.

Gleason said leasing interest has taken off as the COVID-19 pandemic has eased and businesses get a measure of the economic climate.

“It’s been a huge success. We’ve been thrilled with how the building turned out,” Gleason said. “You can’t ask for a better location in town.”

The overall development is designed to be walkable, with easy access to areas to live, work, play and eat along the main boulevard, Uptown Way South, Gleason said.

Lyv at Uptown & Main will have 110 apartments and nearly 5,000 square feet of retail space. The addition to Enclave's Uptown & Main development is now under construction. (Rendering courtesy of Enclave)
Lyv at Uptown & Main will have 110 apartments and nearly 5,000 square feet of retail space. The addition to Enclave's Uptown & Main development is now under construction. (Rendering courtesy of Enclave)

Mixing apartments and condominiums, commercial and retail, works well with Fargo's Go2030 comprehensive plan, said Current Planning Coordinator Donald Kress.

"We do encourage that," Kress said Wednesday, June 30.

"They're trying to make it its own neighborhood," Kress said. "It's a popular style of development nationwide. Minneapolis, Chicago, you see these types of things. It seems attractive to the residents."

Enclave Companies was founded in 2011 in Fargo. This spring, it opened its new $13 million headquarters not far from Uptown & Main at 300 23rd Ave. E., in West Fargo.

Enclave specializes in multi-family housing and commercial and industrial spaces, with its focus primarily in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. It celebrates its 10th anniversary in July.

The firm has been busy over the years; in 2020 alone it took on 35 projects.

Just a few of Enclave’s other projects, big and small, that are underway or completed include PRx Performance in north Fargo, the Variant1 distribution warehouse in north Fargo, the DECO mixed use building in Shakopee, Minn., Caliper apartment homes in Maple Grove, Minn., Reside luxury apartment homes in Savage, Minn., and the Mosaic apartment building in Fargo.

Other easily recognized spots in Fargo include the Fargo Center for Dermatology, MEDPark Medical Center, Cowboy Jacks in downtown Fargo, 300 Lime, and The Retreat in Fargo’s Urban Plains neighborhood.

The company is also in the planning process for redeveloping the former Kmart plaza along Fargo’s South University Drive. In January, the company told the City Commission that it hoped to build a mix of apartments, commercial buildings and perhaps a grocery store on the 11.7-acre site.

Gleason said it represented a unique infill opportunity for the city and could spur a renaissance for South University Drive.