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Fargo eyes fifth golf course

A development company wants to give the Fargo Park Board 90 acres along the city's growing southwest side for construction of a golf course. The idea was a hit with Park Board members Tuesday who agreed to draft building plans and cost estimates.

A development company wants to give the Fargo Park Board 90 acres along the city's growing southwest side for construction of a golf course.

The idea was a hit with Park Board members Tuesday who agreed to draft building plans and cost estimates.

"It seems like it fits in well with our plans," board member Jim Kapitan said.

The Park Board would like to expand youth golf programs, but its four courses can't handle more traffic, he said.

Kevin Christianson, of Osgood Investments LLC, said his company plans to develop 480 acres of land south of 40th Avenue South and west of the Sheyenne River. Plans are to build 800 homes and dedicate 12 acres for neighborhood parks, trails and a swimming pool, Christianson, said.

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Within the development site is 90 acres slated for the Park Board should it choose to build and operate a nine-hole golf course. The property is worth more than $1 million, Christianson said.

Osgood Investments would build the golf clubhouse and lease it to the Park Board, he said.

Fargo Mayor Bruce Furness and other city officials told the Park Board the development fits the city's long-range growth plans.

"The city of Fargo is really excited about this project," Furness told the Park Board. "We want to proceed as quickly as we can."

"It's a good way to continue that westward movement," Fargo city planner Cindy Gray said. "That area needs some anchors like a golf course and trail system."

The development plan includes property for an elementary school and a church, Christianson said.

"We've been trying to revitalize Osgood, North Dakota," Christianson said of the small town that was once south of what is now West Fargo. "We're trying to bring back the old town."

The land is within Fargo's extra territorial area, but inside the West Fargo School District, Park Board Member Jim Kapitan said.

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Christianson said his Fargo development company would like to begin some construction this fall. Construction of the golf course could begin next spring, he said.

Fargo has extended its utility services to several housing additions near the development site and "is in a good position to serve this area," Gray said.

More than 2,000 homes are planned for the area, she said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jeff Zent at (701) 241-5526

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