City Commission reveals anticipated timeframe of new $800,000 downtown West Fargo park
WEST FARGO-The City Commission here will get its first look on Monday, Oct. 2, at West Fargo's first downtown park, to be built in partnership with the VFW and Sheyenne Plaza developers.When Todd Berning and his partners first approached the city...
WEST FARGO-The City Commission here will get its first look on Monday, Oct. 2, at West Fargo's first downtown park, to be built in partnership with the VFW and Sheyenne Plaza developers.
When Todd Berning and his partners first approached the city about construction of the $12 million Sheyenne Plaza in the 400 block of Sheyenne Street-which will serve as the new home of the West Fargo VFW when completed this winter-plans included a city square north of the building that could host city events.
On Monday, Oct. 2, City Commissioners will get their first look at concept plans for the park that could include big-screen televisions and technology to host live concerts or North Dakota State University tailgating events.
West Fargo Economic Development Director Matt Marshall said the park is estimated to cost about $800,000. The West Fargo VFW has committed $300,000 to the park, while Berning plans to give $50,000, with West Fargo taxpayers picking up the remaining $450,000. Commissioners can decide Monday whether to opt in on or out of certain design elements that could alter the project price.
The West Fargo Parks Department will not be part of the project.
If the City Commission approves a concept at its Monday meeting, construction on the park would begin yet this fall and possibly be complete by winter.
"It's a long shot but maybe if construction starts in the fall, it would get done this year," Marshall said.
Sheyenne Plaza will be a five-story 124,000-square-foot complex that will house office space, apartment units and a new VFW home. In the 300 block of Sheyenne Street, where the current VFW post stands, Berning and associates plan to build a second, similar complex that will be named Pioneer Place once Sheyenne Plaza is finished.