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Letter: Same issues, different Roers development

Hulse writes, "As with the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association now, residents living near north Fargo’s 'Pony Land' were none too happy when Roers proposed building what eventually became the U32 apartments along 32nd Avenue North."

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Roers Development has been generating a lot of negative headlines lately—this time, regarding its handling of a project near North Dakota State University in what’s called the Roosevelt neighborhood . To those with a longer memory, it might feel as though they’re re-living Yogi Berra’s “déjà vu all over again.”

As with the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association now, residents living near north Fargo’s Ponyland development were none too happy when Roers proposed building what eventually became the U32 apartments along 32nd Avenue North .

I now live in the single-family development east of U32, on land Roers originally owned but sold once the neighborhood rebelled at having so many large apartment buildings nearby. While those Roers buildings are attractive enough, and the landscaping initially well done, weeds often spoil the look.

No matter. Roers sold the U32 and T Loft Apartments last December. The buyer? HB Ledges Management, based in Phoenix. That’s right, an out-of-state property management firm now owns a Fargo apartment complex whose development shares a lot of controversy with the Roosevelt neighborhood project.

Déjà vu all over again?

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Dean Hulse lives in Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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