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Rebuilding Downtown Grand Forks

Grand Forks Herald
Photo: Alan Draves
The Grand Forks Herald building was the first new building started downtown since the flood and fire. The Herald lost two of its three buildings to the fire. The third building was damaged by the flood, but not the fire. The new building was built at the north end of the surviving building. The new building has a 97 foot clock tower facing Second Avenue North. The Herald returned downtown at the end of July, 1998.

Elsewhere downtown, the Corporate Center has been completed at Fourth and Demers. The former First National Bank building was renovated for office space. The County Office Building across from the courthouse is now in use.

The roof of the City Center Mall was removed in August, 1998. Most buildings on the east side of South Third Street were torn down. The remaining buildings in this block are being renovated and will house shops and apartments.

S. 3rd St.
The City Center Mall is gone. South Third Street reopened to traffic in late November, 1998. The first shops have moved into renovated buildings in this block.
Photo: Alan Draves
Security Bldg. Site
The site of the Security Building, destroyed by fire during the flood, is now the Flood Memorial Park.
Photo: Alan Draves
Corporate Center
The Corporate Center is now completed. The South Building (shown here) is occupied by the First National Bank, a law firm, and an accounting firm. The smaller North Building is still vacant.
Photo: Alan Draves
First National Bank
The former First National Bank has been renovated for office space, but has no tenants yet.
Photo: Alan Draves

Rebuilding Downtown... Downtown after the Flood

Downtown Links...

Grand Forks Herald articles on downtown flood recovery:
Restarting the Cities' Heart
Downtown - 200 Days of Recovery

North Valley Arts Council
Flood Memorial Monument and Park
Downtown Grand Forks Webcam

Grand Forks Flood and Recovery

County Building
The new County Office Building replaces office space lost to the flood. The building was dedicated on April 19, 2000, the third anniversary of the flood.
Photo: Alan Draves

Empire Arts Center
Renovation of the old Empire Theater into the Empire Arts Center was interupted by the flood. The Empire Arts Center reopened March 28, 1998.

Photo: Brian Moe

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