Currently a 48,000-square-foot surface-level parking lot, Block 9 is in the heart of downtown Fargo at the corner of Broadway and Second Avenue North. Beginning Fall of 2018, this empty slate will be transformed into a mid-rise, mixed-use tower that will add to a vibrant city core and change the skyline of downtown Fargo. The project includes headquarters for hundreds of team members of R.D. Offutt Company, ground floor retail, a boutique hotel, restaurant, and residential condominiums.
Block 9 also includes a programmed public plaza, over a half acre in size, which is anticipated to become a gathering and celebration space for the region. Plans include seasonal amenities such as a skating rink, splash pad, vendor spaces, and a band shell for live performances.
R.D. Offutt Company
Ground Floor Retail
125 Key Hotel
290,000 Sq Ft
232 Ft Tall
379 Parking Spaces
The Block 9 story
Travel back to the late 1800’s, and the corner of Broadway and Second Avenue North was a bustling corner of activity in Fargo. It was home to a beautiful brick building called Keeney Block. Open awnings hung over the second-story windows, home to many small businesses including a music house, a law firm, a dentist, and a Turkish bath.
In 1893, the Keeney Building was one of more than 200 structures destroyed in Fargo’s historic fire. By 1910, the Keeney Block had been replaced with a mixed-use, multi-story building, called the Continental Block. Once again it became a hub of activity and commerce, housing an assortment of businesses over the years; a barber shop, shoe repair, and hotels.
However, fire once again struck when an arsonist torched the Continental Block in 1976. The corner of Broadway never truly recovered from this fire, and in 1983, the former Hotel on the corner was demolished to make way for parking and the US Bank plaza.
Fast forward to 2008, when Kilbourne Group began seeking to re-ignite the old dream, to revive the center of commerce that the Keeney Building and Continental Block once were. At the same time, R.D. Offutt Company was in search of a location to build its headquarters. The family-owned business had been seeking the ideal spot for awhile — and when Kilbourne Group approached the Offutt family with the idea for Block 9, it was a perfect fit.
Together, Kilbourne Group and R.D. Offutt Company worked to move forward with the project, leading to the option to purchase the Block 9 land on July 6, 2009. The land was ultimately purchased August 31, 2018.
Although decades have passed since the time of the Keeney Building, Block 9 seeks to stay true to the historic roots of the corner on Broadway and Second Avenue North. The life and activity that once surrounded this spot is the foundation of the new vision for a center of commerce. With hundreds of employees working downtown, retail shops, dining options, and residential condos, the vibrancy of this historic downtown corner will once again be brought to life.
Block 9 broke ground on September 12, 2018.
Block 9 Partners
Formed in 2018, Block 9 Partners, LLC is the partnership of R.D. Offutt Company and Kilbourne Group, which is developing the Block 9 project, a signature project which will transform the downtown Fargo skyline.
R.D. Offutt Company
R.D. Offutt Company is a family-owned and operated business, parent company of RDO Equipment Co., R.D. Offutt Farms, Threemile Canyon Farms, PROffutt LimitedPartnership, and other companies in the farming and food industries. The Fargo, ND-based company was formed in 1964, has annual revenues of $2.6 billion, and employs more than 4,400 people.
R.D. Offutt Company believes long-term success is built on shared values and remains focused on measuring that success by serving its key stakeholders – customers, communities, manufacturing partners, owners, and team members.
Kilbourne Group is an experienced real estate developer providing services including property management, construction management, design, and brokerage services. Founded in 2006 by Doug Burgum, Kilbourne Group has focused on the revitalization of downtown Fargo through the restoration of historic buildings and new construction infill projects. Guided by the knowledge that vibrant downtowns create smart, healthy cities, Kilbourne Group has a deep passion for urban spaces and experienced understanding of what design and amenities are needed to respond to today’s demand for walkable, mixed-use, urban cores in communities.
Block 9 Project Team
We believe every vision is best achieved through thoughtful partnerships. We are grateful for an incredible team to bring the Block 9 vision to life.
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