WEST FARGO — The newest Bell Bank location that will anchor the second of four buildings at The Lights on Sheyenne is slated to open next week, making way for transformation of the former West Fargo Bell Bank building into another multiuse complex.
Bell Bank at The Lights on Sheyenne 32 will open at The Echo building on Monday, Oct. 26, said McKenzy Olson, vice president of marketing and public relations for Epic Properties, which has been developing the part of the Lights on Sheyenne 32 complex that includes the current multiuse building, a city-owned parking ramp and outdoor plaza.
Earlier this year, Bell Bank and Epic Properties — which also built Sheyenne Plaza and Pioneer Place on northern Sheyenne Street — proposed razing the Bell Bank Building at 409 Sheyenne St. to build a 45,000-square-foot, eight-story, multiuse building and parking ramp.
Two more multiuse projects are planned for northern Sheyenne, including the The Firm, a three-story building that began construction this spring at 350 Sheyenne St. N., and Ally Commons, on the site of Berg Auto Supply at 502 Sheyenne St., which remains in the development stages.
Olson said the Bell Bank building would including a parking ramp on floors two through four, with underground parking as well. Retail and businesses would be on the first floor, with apartments on floors five and six and condos on the top two floors. Olson said it would likely be similar to other new buildings on Sheyenne.
On Monday, Olson said they hope construction will soon begin.
"We are still working out the downtown (The Yards) West Fargo lot," she said. "If things all fall into place, construction should start yet this winter/early spring."
In a proposal asking the city for a tax-increment financing district earlier this year, the project estimates the building would increase retail space from 9,500 square feet to 24,394 available square feet. It would also increase the value of the property by about $17.7 million.
Planning Director Tim Solberg said the building matches the city's vision for a downtown area on Sheyenne Street.
If it moves forward as planned, the future building would be the tallest in West Fargo. At present, the West Fargo High Rise, at 230 8th Ave. W., is the city's tallest building with seven floors.