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Published June 27, 2013, 10:05 PM

West Fargo growing more with first ever conference center

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - "The City on the Grow", West Fargo, is adding on even more. Soon to be home to its first conference center, and its new, up-scale hotel, Cambria Suites.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - "The City on the Grow", West Fargo, is adding on even more. Soon to be home to its first conference center, and its new, up-scale hotel, Cambria Suites.

When construction finishes up, Cambria Suites will open its doors to West Fargo's first ever convention center and the number of hotel rooms here in town will nearly double.

Michael Murphy, Sr. VP Cambria Suites: “Mud means progress.”

A major groundbreaking in West Fargo is making city history near Veterans Boulevard and I-94, adding on 103 guest suites and 15,000 square feet of meeting space.

Rich Mattern, West Fargo Mayor: “We have been working a long, long time to get a hotel convention center in our city and that day has finally arrived.”

Officials say it's West Fargo's rapid growth that drew them in with its population up more than 70 percent in the last 10 years.

Kevin Johnson, KAJ Hospitality Pres/CEO: "There's a lot of dirt being moved and there's just a lot of things going on so that's where we want to be."

Some have opposed this location, close to several homes and Cheney middle school. They don't feel it's the best spot for the hotel. So Mayor Mattern says the company will add buffering around the building to help block it.

Mattern: "I think we're all fairly comfortable, of course not everybody is fairly comfortable. But we as a city kind of gave them the go ahead."

Saying in the long run, the perks the space will provide will benefit everyone.

Murphy: "Cambria Suites is the right hotel, in the right place, entering West Fargo during this right time."

The site should open April of next year.

So far this year, people have paid for more than 1 million hotel nights in the metro area, bringing in about $90 million for the local economy.

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