The temporary parking lot instituted during the City Hall construction project will permanently close at 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 to allow work to commence on Phase I of the Fargo Civic Plaza and the eventual placement of the “Sodbuster” sculpture. Crews will begin zone assembly on Friday, August 16 in preparation for project kickoff on Monday, August 19. A public viewing area to observe work on the project will be established and detailed next week in a City news release.
Fargo Public Library and City Hall patrons are encouraged to use the east parking lot (east of the Library and south of the new City Hall). Both the east and west entrances of the Library will be accessible throughout the duration of the project. The contractor will have staff on site to mitigate pedestrian impacts, ensuring ample connections to 4th Street North and the east parking lot.
As part of Phase I of the Fargo Civic Plaza, four existing trees will be removed. Working with the Fargo Forestry Division, these trees were deemed unsuitable for relocation due to the minimal remaining life expectancies. Phase I of the project will include the placement of 28 new trees of various species in permanent locations and an additional 171 planted in a temporary, on-site tree nursery to foster for the next phases of the Civic Plaza project.
An additional permanent parking lot is being constructed on the west side of the new City Hall, which will facilitate parking for an additional 28 vehicles. The new lot will be completed in the fall of this year.