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City planner says proposed changes to Renaissance Zone boundaries a "no brainer".


FARGO (KFGO-AM) - Significant boundary changes are in the works for Fargo's Renaissance Zone downtown. The board that oversee's the program which offers property and income tax incentives to owners that qualify is looking at more than 20 blocks not now part of the Renaissance Zone while other area's may be removed.

City planner Joe Nigg says they're looking at pushing the boundary further west toward University Drive with NDSU going that direction and in the area around City Hall where the new floodwall will be built. He says projects there could be what he calls "game changers."

Nigg says planners are also looking at moving the southern boundary closer to Main Avenue.  It now extends south to near 9th Avenue. The proposal should be ready for review by the Renaissance Zone Authority by mid-August.

Some 240 projects have taken advantage of the program since it was rolled out in 1999 and has seen 4 boundary changes, although none this extensive.