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The Lights in West Fargo may get brighter with new hotel, event center and hockey facility

July 3, 2023

A major proposed expansion at The Lights and West Fargo Sports Arena could transform the area into a $100 million taxable venue with an additional hockey facility, hotel and event center.

Earlier this year, the city of West Fargo and the West Fargo School District jointly asked for development proposals at 520 32nd Ave. W., or the area southwest of The Lights and West Fargo Sports Arena, which is on land the school district currently owns.

City and school officials on Monday, June 26, were pitched the project by sole developer EPIC Companies, who along with CBE Construction, architects BKV Group and Lowry Engineering, presented a plan highlighted by a 500-spot parking ramp, hotel and hockey facility.

EPIC partnered with the city to build The Lights on Sheyenne after starting its development relationship with the city by building Sheyenne Plaza, Pioneer Place and The Firm along northern Sheyenne Street.

The $12 million parking ramp would be of first priority, followed by a $20.6 million hotel and $5.3 million hockey arena, bringing a third sheet of ice to the West Fargo Sports Arena.

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