624 2nd Ave N, Fargo, ND
Construction on the Kesler project is set to begin in August 2020.
The project is named after the original Kesler block, which is listed in city directories as a mixed-use block of apartments over ground floor retail existing until 1976. In 1977, it was listed as a parking lot. In August, we begin the work of rebuilding the site as a mixed-use project to include a 2-level (one underground) 69-stall parking ramp, almost 9,000 square feet of first floor retail, and 109 apartments. Phase I of construction includes installation of an earth retention system, followed by excavation and concrete work. After nearly 45 years as a surface parking lot, the Kesler project is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2022.
The building at 614-624 2nd Avenue N. was built after the Fargo Fire of 1893. The upper floor was used as the Masonic Temple until about 1899. After that the upper levels were known as the Kesler Apartments, and the lower level used a retail. The building was torn down in 1976. It has been a surface parking lot in the heart of downtown Fargo for nearly 45 years.
View looking west on 2nd Avenue N. showing buildings on the south side of the street. The Kesler Block was a three story brick building with Classical Revival elements. Businesses visible are Fargo Linoleum Co., North Dakota Paint, The Keg liquor store, and Catherine’s Gifts . The five story brick building in the distance is the Graver Inn. Several automobiles and pedestrians are visible in the scene.
Images courtesy of NDSU Archives