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Downtown Minot

Once an important stop on the historic Soo Line, the FreightHouse will be redeveloped into a prime retail space for entrepreneurs.


A vision to honor rail roots with redevelopment of the place that was the hub of Minot's booming growth and development

FreightHouse Redevelopment Conceptual Drawing

The redevelopment of the FreightHouse building into a retail center with numerous business doors opening into Citizens Alley will begin in the spring of 2024. The Citizens Alley and FreightHouse building will be jointly redeveloped in synchronization with each other.

The FreightHouse building will add redeveloped, leasable commercial property to the downtown neighborhood. Spaces like these are sought-after by local small businesses who want to be part of a visit + work + play + live environment.


The FreightHouse location is designed with accessibility in mind and businesses will benefit from foot traffic generated by the plaza and nearby businesses. The location will also provide high visibility along Central Avenue. With flexible space sizes available for several tenants, varying target demographics and business types will create a dynamic and appealing environment.


These businesses may offer outdoor seating and dining, cross-promotion of plaza events, an enhanced customer experience for both business and plaza guests, opportunities for collaboration, and an all-around destination attraction that draws visitors to downtown Minot. The synergy between the plaza and retail establishments can create a thriving and attractive destination for both locals and visitors.

FreightHouse Redevelopment Conceptual Drawing
Citizens Alley Sign Concept
Citizens Alley Plaza Concept

A Once Bustling Distribution Hub

Let's Create a Hub for a New Era!

Freight House in 1912, Downtown Minot
The Soo Line Freighthouse

Built in the early 1910s by Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad, commonly known as the Soo Line Railroad, the FreightHouse served as a freight terminal and distribution center for moving goods by rail to Minot and northwest North Dakota. Rail freight would travel to and from the train cars on the northeast side of the building through the same set of freight doors as those on the southwest side of the building. Goods were moved between trucks and horse-drawn carriages on the southwest side of the building. The importance of the railroad's contribution to Minot's development cannot be underestimated.

Horse and buggy at the Soo Line's Freight House in Downtown Minot
Citizens Alley runs parallel to the Freight House's south side
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