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Announcement of presumed Amazon facility in Fargo expected Friday

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The consruction site at 3701 40th Ave. N. in Fargo bustles with activity on Tuesday, Sept. 29. David Samson / The Forum
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FARGO — City and state leaders are set to officially announce what has been the least kept secret in Fargo for the past few months.

On Friday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m., officials are holding a virtual gathering to discuss a major business development in north Fargo called "Project Force," Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney's office said in a statement.

The announcement is likely confirmation that retail giant Amazon will be constructing a $23 million regional distribution center north of Hector International Airport.

Speakers at the event will include Mahoney, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, Greater FM Economic Development Corp. CEO Joe Raso and a representative of Ryan Companies, a Minneapolis-based developer working on the project.

The announcement will provide insight on the project and its economic impact, according to the statement from the mayor's office.

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Ryan Companies is currently doing land preparation work on the 110-acre site in the area of 37th Street and 40th Avenue North recently annexed and rezoned by the city of Fargo.

Crews have been working full steam ahead for a couple of months and are expected to work on the building through the winter.

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About 110 acres of land north of Fargo were recently annexed and rezoned.

The two-story building, which will have about 1 million square feet of space on the first floor and about 250,000 square feet on the second floor, will be by far the largest in the city and maybe the state, according to City Strategic Planner Jim Gilmour.

It will be larger than Fargo's West Acres Regional Shopping Center, which is about 900,000 square feet, and the Case IH manufacturing facility that is around 660,000 square feet.

The building will be 40 feet high, according to plans. The building permit indicates it will have 52 exits and 15 bathrooms.

The facility is expected to employ an estimated 1,000 employees. Ryan Companies is constructing a similar building in Sioux Falls, KELO-TV reported.

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An almost 50-year veteran of the newspaper business, Amundson has worked for The Forum and Forum News Service for 15 years. He started as a sport reporter in Minnesota. He is currently the city and night reporter for The Forum. bamundson@forumcomm.com 701-451-5665
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