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John and Rick Stern letter: Renaissance plan great for downtown

We have been following with great interest the proposed Renaissance Center in downtown Fargo. We are excited others share our view that downtown has a bright future and they are willing to invest in it.

We have been following with great interest the proposed Renaissance Center in downtown Fargo. We are excited others share our view that downtown has a bright future and they are willing to invest in it.

When we moved our store out of downtown eight years ago, it was because there didn't seem to be a future there. With the improvements that have been made so far, we felt encouraged to return with a new contemporary men's store, a.k.a. and we are pleased to be a part of the on-going rebirth of downtown. But if the public improvements had not been made, we probably would not have decided to re-invest downtown.

We have always supported worthwhile projects that help Fargo grow and prosper. We see the Renaissance Center project as a unique partnership of private development and public infrastructure, one that may never be available to us again. We trust our city leaders to wisely manage the planning of the public facility.

Public input will certainly change many aspects of the project, as it has already.

We urge a "yes" vote on May 3.

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John and Rick Stern

Straus Clothing

Fargo

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