FARGO - A public meeting to discuss St. Paul Newman Center's $25 million renovation and expansion project will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20, at Fargo City Hall.

The city's planning and development department will host an open house for residents and property owners to review and comment on the project, as well as meet with the developers.

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Project plans include a new and enlarged St. Paul Newman Center facility with multi-family housing. The proposed complex would be 70,000 square feet and three floors, with a 425-seat chapel, a student commons area, priests' residence, and a new housing facility for campus. Plans call for 29 faith-based student housing units and 107 market-rate student housing units. Planners hope to complete the project by 2020.

The developers, Roers Development and the Diocese of Fargo, are requesting a replat of the existing lots, a change to bring the entire block under multi-dwelling residential zoning (MR-3) and Planned Unit Development (PUD) master land-use plan to modify certain development standards of the MR-3 zone. Roers has asked the city for a tax incentive to help pay for the demolition of 13 uninhabitable homes to make way for the project. Comments on the proposed development can be sent to the Fargo Planning Department, 200 3rd St. N., Fargo, ND 58102 or email planning//download.fargond.gov/x/online_packet.pdf.