WEST FARGO — The Lights at Sheyenne 32, which includes three-mixed use buildings, a city-owned outdoor plaza and its first city-owned parking ramp is on track to open soon.

The $54 million project near Sheyenne and 32nd Avenue South will also have a “transformable plaza” that will host concerts, outdoor events, dining, shopping and entertainment.

Developer Todd Berning said Monday, Aug. 19, the $7.5 million, four-story parking ramp is under construction now and should take about five weeks to build. Once finished, more than 400 vehicles will be able to park in the public ramp. The parking structure will be partially owned by the city of West Fargo, but the developer will be responsible for daily maintenance and operations. If the structure would need major repair, the city could levy a special assessment on the development.

“It will be ready to go Nov. 1,” Berning said.

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The city will ultimately own the parking ramp and use of it will be shared with the school district.

After the West Fargo School District passed a $98.1 million building bond in 2015 with plans to build the West Fargo Sports Arena, the school district bought 13 acres of land needed for its ice arena in February 2016. Leaders planned to work with the city and developers to create a master plan for the area that would include room for businesses and restaurants. The school district sold 5.81 acres of the land to developers with the plan for Lights at Sheyenne 32.

The Lights on Sheyenne is seen under construction Monday, Aug. 19, behind a pedestrian tunnel at Sheyenne and 32nd Avenue South, West Fargo.
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The Lights on Sheyenne is seen under construction Monday, Aug. 19, behind a pedestrian tunnel at Sheyenne and 32nd Avenue South, West Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Construction is also currently ongoing on the $6 million outdoor plaza. Berning said the underground work, such as plumbing for splash pads and other amenities, is complete. The plaza will be mostly ready by winter and it is expected to open by June 1, 2020.

“So, there will be events there in the summer, and the timeline is working real well,” Berning said.

Berning listed events such as seasonal parties, fitness classes, curling, a public skating rink, concerts, fishing clinics and other events as possible draws for the plaza once it opens.

“The capabilities of the plaza are really endless; anything you can dream or think of we can have there,” Berning said Monday.

The five-floor east building will have 49 residential units and more than 25,0000 square feet of commercial space and is also currently under construction. The east building will be open in early January.

Construction has started on the six-story south building, which will also have 36 residential units and about 25,000 square feet of commercial space. It is slated to open in July 2020.

The west building is still in the planning stages, but it is expected to be more than 25,000 square feet.

According to Epic Management, the buildings already have planned tenants that include a bar/grill, nutrition shop, hair salon, photography studio, bank and running store. Developers are still hoping for proposals from businesses, such as a coffee shop, retail, wine bar, brewery, restaurants and other similar businesses.