Growth in West Fargo’s industrial sector has exploded past the boundaries of the city’s three industrial parks, so the city recently added more land to keep up.
The city has annexed two additional areas of space that will house industrial business, said West Fargo Economic Development and Community Services Director Matt Marshall.
As the population continues on a sharp trajectory, Marshall said the city welcomes more industrial growth.
“We’re very comfortable with having industrial type,” he said. “We really, really like advanced manufacturing, which typically provide quality jobs.”
The city’s three industrial parks have filled in rapidly in the past five years. In Butler Industrial Park, which sits on the very western edge of West Fargo near the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, MinnKota Windows started building its 78,000-square-foot headquarters at 2324 Main Ave. earlier this year.
Construction was ongoing this spring and summer on a $10 million FedEx distribution center at 2500 3rd Ave. N., also in the Butler Industrial Park. Sterling Industrial Park is filled with smaller industrial tenants.
On the city’s northeast side, Midland Garage Door and Nordick Group Inc. are building the first phase of a three-phase, 100,000-square-foot multi-tenant building at Ninth Street and 12th Avenue North, the city’s third industrial park, Midland Industrial Park. It will be a privately owned industrial park operated by Midland.
“That one is a little unorthodox as far as an industrial park goes,” Marshall said.
Marshall said another parcel of land near 45th Street North could open up for future industrial use. The land is in West Fargo, but is owned by the city of Fargo, which bought the land to expand its landfill. However, West Fargo ordinances do not allow landfills to be within city limits.
But West Fargo is focused on attracting more than one type of business. Marshall said the city would like to have strong medical, retail and office presences in the city.
“We want to have a diverse economy, that’s incredibly important to us,” Marshall said. “We’re going to try and find a place for all of it.”
In order to find space for all businesses and new home construction, the city is considering updating its long term comprehensive plan. Growth has already exploded past what the current plan expected.
As land prices go up and West Fargo’s land is gobbled up by developers, Marshall said he is starting to see more new or expanding businesses eyeing current structures as an opportunity to remodel instead of build fresh.
“You’ll see some greater interest by developers in already developed areas,” he said. “They’re looking at that instead of new spots as a cheaper way to build.”
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