Skyscraping Ideas for Downtown Fargo
Proposed $125 million tower to be North Dakota’s tallest building
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 17:09
Kilbourne Group is a team of leaders striving to develop the growth and revitalization of Fargo. Doug Burgum, the Founder and Chairman, has proposed a $125 million building to be built in downtown Fargo, making it the tallest building in North Dakota.
The building, dubbed “Dakota Place,” is planned to be 352 feet tall. The capitol building located in Bismarck is 242 feet tall. This size of a building would hold many more possibilities for growth in the downtown Fargo area.
Kilbourne Group was established in 2006 and there have been talks to build a multi-use tower on the downtown US Bank Plaza. According to The Forum, Burgum is counting on a corporation to make their home in the 23-story skyscraper.
Dakota Place would also be used for condos, retail stores, business offices, a hotel and a top-floor restaurant and bar. This space is estimated to equal 500,000 square feet total.
Courtland Miller, a senior Business Administration major and researcher for Kilbourne Group said, “I’m looking forward to the creation of a new space that adds to the already vibrant downtown neighborhood. The building, an example of smart growth and the economics of density in itself, would be an incredible step forward for the metro area by acting as the center of a walkable place to live, work and play.”
Kilbourne Group owns several other buildings in downtown Fargo that are designed to reflect the past of what downtown Fargo used to be. Other buildings include 300 Broadway and the Lofts on Roberts, commercial properties such as the historic building Loretta Building and 102 Broadway as well as lake properties in Minnesota.
The plan to build Dakota Place is part of a larger project proposed by Burgum and the rest of Kilbourne Group that includes a new City Hall, a new convention center associated with the Fargodome and a floodwall on Second Street North.
Plans for all of the projects, specifically the skyscraper, are not yet set in stone. Many decisions are left to be made by both the City of Fargo and Kilbourne Group.