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  • August 2017: Draft plan!

    The draft plan is ready for review! The full planning process, highlights from the analysis, the community vision, and the strategies for the future are all packaged in a draft of Downtown InFocus.

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    There is also a draft playbook for how to redesign Downtown’s streets in keeping with the goals of Downtown InFocus.

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  • May 2017: Strategies for the Future

    The team shared more than 50 strategies for the future of Downtown at a public meeting held at the Fargo Theatre. Over 130 people attended the presentation; afterwards, community members offered feedback, helping to prioritize the strategies based on the degree of difficulty and resources (time, effort, or money) required for implementation. With input collected from the public, the Working Committee, City staff, and elected officials, the next steps for the team will be to start drafting the plan and developing an approach for implementing the plan’s strategies.

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  • March 2017: Frostival Feedback & Refined Draft Strategies

    During this month’s Working Committee meeting, the team reported on the public input collected during the Frostival Open House and presented additional details on the draft strategies for housing, future land use and zoning, connections to the river, complete streets, parking, open space, services, and possible financing mechanisms. The presentation is available here.

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  • January 2017: Draft Vision & Preliminary Strategies

    During this month’s Working Committee meeting, the consultant team previewed a draft of the vision statement as well as preliminary strategies for development and activity, transportation and parking, open space and connecting with the river. The presentation is available here.

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  • January 2017: Open House at Frostival

    The second Downtown InFocus public Open House was held during Frostival at 409 Broadway in the space currently occupied by Theatre B (formerly the Goodyear Tire). Nearly 200 people signed in, stopping by to warm up and weigh in on a preliminary set of ideas for the future of Downtown:

    • Friday, January 27th from 6 – 9 pm
    • Saturday, January 28th from 11 am – 2 pm

    The planning team presented a new series of interactive exhibits asking “What if…?” for the future of Downtown

    If you weren’t able to join us at Frostival, check out the planning team’s Open House presentation here.

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  • November 2016: Survey Closes

    After Thanksgiving, the Downtown InFocus Resident and Employee Surveys closed out. Thanks to the 519 survey respondents! A summary of input from the survey can be viewed here.

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  • November 2016: Open House Report Back & Transportation Analysis

    This month the consultant team met with the Downtown InFocus Working Committee to discuss the results of the October Open House. The team’s transportation planners, Sam Schwartz Engineering, presented the transportation existing conditions analysis. This presentation can be viewed here.

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  • October 2016: 1 st Downtown InFocus Open House!

    Thanks to all of you who came out to the Public Open House on October 11 th at the Historic Union! In all, over 280 people attended, coming from across the Fargo Moorhead metro area. You can view the results of the open house in the slideshow here.

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  • October 2016: Analysis, Continued – Market Conditions & Environmental Conditions

    During this month’s Working Committee meeting, the consultant team’s economic expert Ninigret Partners presented an in-depth analysis of Downtown’s current economic and real estate conditions. In addition, our landscape architect and human ecologist Bishop Land Design presented their analysis of Downtown’s ecological and open space context. This presentation can be viewed here.

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  • September 2016: Purpose of the Plan & Initial Analysis

    In September, the consultant team met with the Working Committee convened by the City to oversee the planning process to review purpose of the plan, some initial existing conditions data, the public outreach strategy, and the project schedule. This presentation can be viewed here.

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