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Published August 02, 2013, 06:26 PM

New construction is everywhere in South Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Development in that same area south of town is already booming, with about 2,000 new residential units added each year.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Development in that same area south of town is already booming, with about 2,000 new residential units added each year.

City officials say we're growing so quickly. That we could run out of space, in only 5 years.

Here in South Fargo, new construction is everywhere, both residential and commercial.

It's targeting hot spots like 32nd Avenue and here along 52nd, stretching closer to our city limits about 10 blocks south.

Ask anyone.

"There's nothing but growth"

And they'll all tell you the same thing.

"There's new housing going in all the time"

Fargo is changing, and changing fast.

Here's a look at our city's size back in 1990, by 2000, you can see the vast expansion.

Fargo's population went from about 70 to 90,000 people in that time, most living north of I-94 and east of I-29.

"Especially since 2000 is when we first started going south and west"

That's when Shawn Eidenschink moved into the small city of Frontier.

"farmland and fields"

One of the only residential areas south of town at that time.

"It's kind of funny when we moved in, there were gravel roads. There wasn't anything around the area whatsoever. There was no Walmart, no Homes south of us.

Between 2000 and now developments quickly swallowed up the surrounding farmland with new homes and businesses stretching south.

"Buildings going up all over the place."

Bringing about 20,000 more people.

"That's going to be fairly well filled out"

City officials say the growth is happening so quickly.. That in about 5 years, our city limits will be filled.

"I don't mind. I've got no problem with growth. That's good for the tax base right?"

Officials tell me they're looking to expand the city limits about 10 blocks south for more room down to about 76th Avenue, but say the further south you go, flood protection must come before development.

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