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Fargo’s South Plaza mall will be razed, an entire block will be redeveloped

FARGO (KVRR) — Big changes are coming to a Fargo neighborhood that has been home to several well-known businesses for decades.

The Craig Companies of Fargo plans to purchase and redevelop the aging South Plaza mall along South University Drive. The deal also includes several rental homes on the west side of the same block, along 13-1/2 St. S.

Developer Jesse Craig says once the sale ends, the entire block, including Duane’s House of Pizza, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, CJ’s Kitchen, and every house will be removed.

Plans call for a mixed-use development, comprising commercial businesses on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors. Craig says the project has been in the works for about 3 years and says he is negotiating with current tenants.

Duane’s House of Pizza said on Facebook that there were no plans to move.

“We will stay where we are. There may be a bit of a redesign during the redevelopment, but we’re not going anywhere. In fact, in the end, we’ll be on the same side of the block…just in a shiny new house!

Craig says some of the homes could be moved and donated to Habitat for Humanity.

The sale is expected to close in June. Craig says the project is expected to cost over $30 million.