Photos by Kayleigh Omang
3150 Sheyenne St, West Fargo ND 58078
Just a short time ago, the idea of a thriving, vibrant West Fargo scene seemed like just a dream. However, a lot can change in a brief period of time, as the current state of downtown West Fargo is booming. Partially to thank for this upsurge of interest in the city is EPIC Companies and their downtown West Fargo development along with The Lights at Sheyenne 32 project.
The Lights is a mixed-use commercial, residential and active living space that is soon to be filled with over 20 businesses and nearly 300 residential units. The location off of Sheyenne and 32nd Avenue in West Fargo also features a transformable plaza, ideal for entertaining and socializing.
The vision for The Lights evolved from wanting to bring a mixed-use district to the Red River Valley, inspired by the likes of those in Kansas City’s Power and Lights District or Rosemont outside of Chicago. People are demanding more out of their spaces and desire for a district that provides entertainment, living and work all in one.
This project is a public-private partnership between the City of West Fargo, West Fargo Events, and EPIC Companies. The City of West Fargo owns the parking ramp and the plaza space and they have hired nonprofit West Fargo Events to manage these spaces.
Construction for this exciting undertaking happened in two phases, the first one kicked off in the fall of 2018 and the second phase began in early 2019. The final project is four mixed-use buildings surrounding a central plaza. The bottom floors of these buildings are beginning to fill up with retail shops, offices, dining options and other various commercial tenants. The rest of the five-to-six story builds will be dedicated to apartments with the potential to have condos in the future.
The Lights provides all you need, in one beautiful spot. You can live there, you can work there and you can play there. This essential “Live, Work, Play” framework is what the district was designed around will contribute to its success.
Gone are the days where your residence is just a place to lay your head at night. The apartment you choose to live in is your shelter, and a place to unwind, entertain and even work from. If you don’t love the place you’re coming home to every day, the rest of your quality of life will follow suit. This is why EPIC Companies ensured their new apartment units be modern, but also the perfect blank slate for tenants’ own styles.
To live at one of The Lights’ 300 residential units is to sacrifice nothing. Built around an urban lifestyle, these residential units are nestled in the middle of one of the fastest-growing communities in West Fargo. For convenience and security, the buildings have fob access, underground parking, skyways to The Lights’ other buildings and the public parking ramp. Living at The Lights, you are only steps away from all you could want and need.
Opened March 1 was the first residential building, EPIC at The Lights, which has 49 units.
In addition to the convenience of the location, the units’ finishes are thoughtful and on-trend at EPIC at The Lights. Such features include tile backsplashes, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and a butcher block island in the kitchen; a private balcony; industrial accents, underground parking and hard-surface flooring. ECHO at The Lights will feature black stainless steel appliances, upgrade quartz, LVT, and cabinet colors.
One exciting aspect is that the units are pet-friendly. Because, for many, what is “home” without a furry friend to share it with? Just imagine all the cats and dogs admiring the bustling views of the plaza from each unit’s floor-to-ceiling balcony doors. A treat for humans and pets alike!
In the fall another phase of The Lights will be complete. This will include ECHO at The Lights, which will have 36 two-story units. Some of the two-story units at ECHO at The Lights will have the bedrooms upstairs while the kitchen and living space are downstairs. This helps ensure that the noise being made above you is your own, making it feel more like condo living. All-inclusive costs for the units include heat, water, sewer, garbage and internet, making payments simple and easy.
West Fargo Facts:
Metro Population: 245,000+
Projected to gain 400 students a year
$73,400: average income of a West Fargonian
ECHO at The Lights is anchored by a Bell Bank branch with eight other divisible units open for leases on the second floor, perfect for office or retail spaces. EPIC at The Lights building is anchored by Bar Down, a new sports bar and grill. The remainder of the commercial units in the EPIC building vary in size and space, allowing flexibility for whatever businesses plant roots there.
The Lights’ commercial units have the benefit of a built-in customer base. While we expect the businesses anchoring the residential units will attract people from all over town, tenants are likely to be dedicated patrons.
To have your business take root in one of the Lights’ commercial units comes with a bevy of perks. One of which is that potential clients will have no trouble finding parking when they come by, thanks to the city-owned 400 space parking deck anchoring the north end.
The Lights’ entertainment space lives in the stretch between the plaza’s three structures, creating a tucked-in zone designed for year-round programming and events. Opportunities for live music, ice skating, outdoor patios and beyond abound. From tailgating before the big game to hosting concerts for up to 3,000 occupants, EPIC Companies designed the space to fill a myriad of interests and purposes.
With a goal to host over 100 events a year, the space will provide the perfect backdrop for community-building opportunities. With West Fargo Events managing the city-owned plaza outside the buildings, there will be many exciting events taking place in this transformable plaza.
Architect: ICON Architectural Group
Construction Manager: Gehrtz Construction Services
Building Management: EPIC Management
Plaza Management: West Fargo Events
Parking Ramp and Plaza: City of West Fargo-owned