In the Roosevelt neighborhood of Fargo, townhouses promised more than the view – InForum

FARGO — The Roosevelt neighborhood just wants what was promised: townhouses alongside the Newman Center project. But they didn’t get them, which was exposed on Monday, May 2, with Roers under fire for accepting and not going along with them.

The scene is interesting. There’s St. Paul’s Newman Center, attached denominational housing, The View student apartments, and just an empty construction site, where a minimum of seven townhouses were supposed to go.

Even after yesterday’s city commission meeting, they still don’t know if they will get them.

“It doesn’t look like anything is going to happen at this point. I know some things have been said to still happen, and we just don’t know that’s the truth or what the truth really is. right now,” said Jim Laschkewitsch, president of the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association.

He said the townhouses they were promised weren’t just meant to be a buffer between the homes across the street and the tall buildings, they were meant to help rebuild the community that was lost. , as 22 houses were demolished to make way for the new project.

“The idea was that these townhouses would be sold on the market and families would live there, helping our school and helping our neighborhood,” Laschkewitsch said. “So we want this neighborhood community to feel backwards, and that’s what we’re going for.”

Roers said he had to battle soaring supply costs and traffic congestion, which delayed the project from the original completion date of December 2021.

But Laschkewitsch said that after they haven’t heard anything for so long and seen the completion or near completion of other buildings on the land, it’s hard to trust their word at this stage.

“It’s hard to determine whether this was all done in good faith or not,” he said.

He added that they don’t want to go back to the negotiating table, but they put the ball in the city’s court and said it’s up to them to give the neighborhood what it deserves and create a precedent for the need for single-family homes in the city.

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