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Group: Keep City Hall on riverfront

FARGO -- The committee charged with picking a spot for the new City Hall wants it to remain downtown along the riverfront.

With a few members missing Thursday, the 13-person committee unanimously chose the four-block City Hall/Civic Center area as the general area for a new proposed City Hall, which city leaders want to bid for construction by fall 2014.

The committee's recommendation now goes to the City Commission for final approval.

But despite having four conceptual drawings for where the new building could go along the river, the committee decided not to select an exact configuration for the new building.

Former Fargo Mayor Bruce Furness, co-chairman of the committee, said it would be unwise for the group to dictate exactly where the new City Hall should go because of the other projects in the works downtown, like a possible Fargodome-backed convention center and a floodwall on Second Street.

City leaders want a 60,000- to 70,000-square-foot building to replace the cramped and aging current City Hall. The budget is about $8 million to $12 million, which will likely include some state aid.