New Fargo City Hall has preliminary locationFARGO – A building committee here has zoned in on a tentative location for the new City Hall.
By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service
FARGO – A building committee here has zoned in on a tentative location for the new City Hall.
The committee decided on Wednesday that the north side of the Civic Center parking lot would likely be the best spot for the new government center, City Administrator Pat Zavoral said.
A site-selection committee decided last year to put the new City Hall somewhere in the roughly four-block area of the current City Hall, Fargo Public Library, Civic Center and parking lot.
On Wednesday, architects used software to show what a 75,000-square-foot, three-story building would look like plopped down in the green space between the library and the Civic Center, Zavoral said.
Upon seeing the imagery, the committee almost immediately ruled out that location, he said.
“It just consumed the space and didn’t leave any sort of real good Second Avenue connection to the river,” Zavoral said.
Considering the Second Street floodwall’s location, which was determined late last year by Fargo city commissioners, Zavoral said the City Hall building committee decided that the northern side of the Civic Center parking lot makes the most sense.
The site hasn’t been officially chosen, Zavoral said, but architects will now look more closely at only that spot.
“They’ve got to look at things, but the consensus of the committee was that they ought to move forward on a preliminary basis to do additional research on that site only,” he said.
The building committee meets again Jan. 22.