January 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
The corner of Eighth Street and 13th Avenue South in Fargo is now home to Shotwell Floral and Greenhouse an easily recognized white cottage but it may soon give way to some high-end townhomes. Continue Reading
Tags: Business, Fargo, shotwell, Shotwell Commons, shotwell floral, Terry Stroh, TL Stroh Architects, townhomes 9 Comments »
$500,000 per ‘home’ huh? I’ll bet the neighborhood will just love that property tax increase. We weren’t a part of the housing market ‘crash’ before, but we’ll be a sure participant now. How exciting!
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Yeah, but it’s going to be tough to reach “participant” status when none of these units are going to sell. $500,000? They must be kidding with that figure. You could buy a house on 8th Street, customize it (as they are planning for the townhomes, per the article), and still have enough money left over to pay someone to take care of ongoing maintenance and to buy yourself and the Mrs. a couple of BMWs.
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That is so sad! I think Shotwell’s is making a huge mistake. I certainly will not be visiting their other location. Amen to Garrett’s comment. I have family on that block.
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I have a home in this neighborhood and would like to know who approved this in the heart of older single family homes? Building $500,000 units where your neighbors have homes of much less value? You don’t look wealthy , you look foolish and ostentatious. Bakers sells garden supplies- see ya Shotwell.
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It’ll be interesting to see what they look like if this ever happens. Hopefully they will fit in better than the Presidents House at NDSU. That was designed by TL Stroh and its in the heart of the oldest part of the NDSU campus… it sticks out like a sore thumb. Doesn’t even come close to fitting in with the context of that area. Shotwell had every right to sell, but I have a feeling he’ll be sadly disappointed with what pops up in that area.
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Progress and development. Let’s be thankful we’re building and growing. I bet that many of you that post negative comments are, in some way, benefitted by projects like this. Think about it; construction workers eat in restaurants; people who sell lumber and materials shop in stores. And taxes? If your taxes go up, guess what? So are does property valuation. The taxes paid on 5 million dollars of new homes provides more snow plows, parks and civic services for all to enjoy. Google any other part of the country for construction projects right now… read about all of the devastation to unemployed families dependent on construction related trades and supplies in nearly every other part of the country. I’m thankful that we have prosperity, jobs and forward progress in whatever form it might take! Those folks buying those houses are also likely business owners, and by them staying in Fargo, I bet they continue to operate their businesses here as well. Instead of griping, sniping and tearing down those with the courage to put their money and hard work on the line – let’s support them. It’s good for all of us in the end”
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You liberal infidels should be ashamed of yourselves. It is the persons right to buy property and do with it what they wish. Business takes precedence over everything else. There are many people in this community who can afford such a home and business people would not build what they cannot sell. Poor people cannot understand that and it is evident by these posts.
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I wonder what kind of tax breaks/deferments this project will receive? The city jumps into bed with any developer that brings forth a project. Just look at the Parkview area in south Fargo. The developer “shim-shammed” the city and then didn’t pay the taxes on the property so the county took the property and then gave it to the city. Now the city is trying to “give” it to the adjacent home owners so that they can get it off their books and the city can collect taxes on the property. Plus, they won’t have to mow it twice a year.
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3785 square feet….come on. These will be huge in comparison to neighboring properties. McMansions are a thing of the past, architects should know better by now in the day and age of “green”.
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