Roers & Giving Hearts Day 2024

The winter months can seem long and dreary, but our hearts are full after Giving Hearts Day 2024! This annual fundraiser is always a highlight of the season at Roers.   

Giving Hearts Day 2024 was February 8th. The 24-hour event benefits hundreds of non-profits across North Dakota and Minnesota, and is a great way to support a cause you believe in. After accepting suggestions from employees, our Charitable Giving Committee voted to gift $100 each to the following charities: 

We also got into a competitive spirit and filled out our Super Bowl Squares board, with half the money raised going to three local organizations: 

Roers also purchased GHD gift cards to give to employees, who could use them to support a charity of their choice! Some employees even participated in our GHD video posted to Instagram & TikTok showcasing who our employees decided to give back to. 

 “At Roers, one of our core values is community. Giving Hearts Day is an opportunity to support and give back to the communities we serve,” says Heidi Knutson, VP of marketing, communications, and culture at Roers.    

 Reflecting on the experience, we’re grateful for the chance to support others, and for the fellowship and generosity of our team. 

Herberger’s Demolition Kicks off the Downtown Moorhead Project

FARGO, ND – The kickoff of the Downtown Moorhead project is underway with the demolition of the Herberger’s building located on the northwest side of the Moorhead Center Mall. Interior demolition has been taking place for weeks ensuring all recyclables and hazardous waste were appropriately removed from the structure. Exterior demolition will begin on Thursday, February 1, and will continue into March.

Herberger’s opened in the Moorhead Center Mall in 1983 and was an anchor store until closing in 2018 when parent company, Bon-Ton, filed for bankruptcy and closed six stores. The parking ramp, which is owned by the City of Moorhead, was added in 1992 and will remain at this time.

The next phase of demolition will be the building located northwest of 5th Street on Center Avenue, which is expected to begin in the Spring of 2024. The demolition is a strategic move to make way for the redevelopment project and the future home of the Moorhead Community Center & Library.

For more information on this project and to keep up to date on the development status, please visit www.moretomoorhead.com.

Project Background

Roers and the City of Moorhead entered into a predevelopment agreement in 2019 with the option for Roers to purchase City-owned property. The partnership involved identifying redevelopment opportunities for the existing Moorhead City Hall (located at the 500 block of Center Avenue in Moorhead), Moorhead Center Mall and surrounding City-owned property. As part of the partnership, Roers and the City of Moorhead will focus on a development option mutually beneficial for all parties including the Moorhead Center Mall property owners, Downtown Moorhead Inc., residents, and business owners of Moorhead.

Roers is a Fargo-based development company specializing in development, construction, real estate, and property management. Roers has a proven track record for building success in the communities they serve. Visit www.roers.com for insight on the company’s services, projects, and community involvement.

Burning Hills Amphitheatre Elevator Access Project Wins NDRM&CPA Gold Star Award

Taracon Precast, Wysan Precast Services, and Roers have been honored with the North Dakota Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association (NDRM&CPA) Gold Star Award for their outstanding collaboration on the “Burning Hills Amphitheatre Elevator Access Project.” The project, recognized as the top project in the Commercial Category, was presented with the award at the NDRM&CPA 58th Annual Convention in Dickinson, ND on Thursday, January 11, 2024.

The Burning Hills Amphitheatre Elevator Access Project, situated at 3422 Chateau Road, Medora, ND 58654, is a pivotal element of the ongoing Access Medora initiative. This initiative, driven to enhance the Medora Musical experience, aims to improve accessibility for individuals of all ages and abilities. The centerpiece of this endeavor is the high-capacity elevator produced with precast concrete elements including: 9” solid walls, 12” solid walls, 6” solid slabs, and 42” double tees produced by Taracon Precast, erected by Wysan Precast Services, and overseen by the general contractor, Roers.

Unlike traditional methods that involve shuttling guests up and down winding walking paths, this innovative elevator offers a fast, safe, and efficient alternative for those requiring extra assistance. Completed by the Roers team in the spring of 2022, the Burning Hills Amphitheatre Elevator Access Project significantly contributes to providing an enhanced experience for guests at the Medora Amphitheatre.

The elevator, designed to accommodate hundreds of people each night, serves both convenience and safety, facilitating the swift movement of guests and aiding emergency responders. Aligned with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, the elevator project is a testament to the commitment of Access Medora to inclusivity and accessibility.

In response to the successful implementation of the Burning Hills Amphitheatre Elevator Access Project, Kinley Slauter, Director of Entertainment & Attractions at Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, expressed her appreciation, stating, “After the first two seasons of operation, our visitors and staff continue to express appreciation for this great new amenity at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre on a near nightly basis. Additionally, in this setting we wanted to add something that enhanced the Medora Musical experience with inspiring architecture and craftsmanship. We believe the project achieved that, beyond our expectations. We remain grateful for the sponsors who made it possible and to the teams at Roers, Winn Construction, and Dickinson Ready Mix for making it happen.”

If you want to see what opportunities you have to see this project for yourself, head to Medora website!

To read more about this project, head to the Project page HERE.

2023 Turnover Recap!

The busiest time of year for our Residential Property Management Staff has recently wrapped up. We made it! From the end of July to the first week into August, the leasing staff, maintenance staff, and marketing staff, plus extra staff from the Roers office are working around the clock to ensure that all 120 move-ins and move-outs are successful. Additionally, we partner with local vendors to enhance the premier experience for our residents. Not only do we perform our normal job duties, but all staff also fill in to help make sure the turnover days go smoothly. We even assembled our own cleaning crews to go into the units and clean before the next move-in to make sure all move-ins are ready. All move-outs are either in person or no contact, which helps staff and residents efficiently throughout the day.

Upon moving in, all residents are greeted by our friendly and helpful leasing staff. Part of our welcome crew will go over important building information, parking lot passes, and rental insurance. Once all the required information has been collected by leasing agents, your new apartment is ready to call home. All pre-move inspections are done by staff before the resident arrives. If any questions or concerns are found during the move-in, staff are available to help quickly.

“The 2023 Fargo turnover this year was phenomenal. All the staff members worked well together, completing all appointments in a timely manner and welcoming all our new residents to their homes.”
Lindsey O'Driscoll
General Manager

Whether you are living in our townhomes or one of our
apartment buildings, we look forward to getting to know all our new residents over the next year. Thank you for calling Roers your new home.

Helpful links as a new resident!

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Roers Top Winter Maintenance Tips for Renters

Now that we are into the new year and the cold weather is truly here to stay, having your hope prepared for the winter months can be put into focus. To help with that our property management team has put together a list of their top priorities when it comes to staying safe in the winter time.

“Check Your Heat” – General Manager

During those long summer months running the heat is the last thing you want running in your apartment, but not using it for long can cause problems. Before it gets too cold, turn on the heat and make sure everything is running smoothly and that there are no weird smells. If something is wrong, make sure to contact maintenance and get it fixed as soon as possible.

This is also a good time to cover your outside air conditioning units. Covering your unit will help keep cold air out of your apartment. Most apartments provide a cover for your air conditioning units, so it is important to check with management before covering it yourself.

“Check Your Garage Door Opener” – Maintenance Technician

If you are lucky enough to have a garage stall you want to make sure you can get into it. Check your opener and make sure your door moves without any issues. If your door gets stuck or your opener is not working, contact maintenance so they can get it fixed for you.

Be sure to check within your garage is that your personal items are moved out of the way. Moving things around before it gets too cold will make it easier for you to find room for your vehicle.

“Move Your Outdoor Furniture Inside” – Property Ambassador

For those who have a balcony it is important to cover all your furniture or even bring it in for the winter season. Properly storing your belongs for the winter will maintain their quality and help them make it to next season.

While preparing your outdoor for winter it is also a good idea to do some work inside. During the winter you will spend most of your days curled up at home, so might as well make it a clean place to be. Bust out the cleaning supplies and get to work, vacuum carpets, dust those hard-to-reach places, and organize your home. These small acts will change your area and make it feel more like home.

“Make Sure Your Windows Are Closed” – Maintenance Technician

It is important to check your windows before it gets too cold. When checking your windows, look and make sure they are fully sealed and do not have a noticeable draft coming through them. Another thing you can do to prepare your windows for winter is to plastic seal your windows. Wrapping your windows helps with keeping the cold out. If you notice any issues with your windows or having problems fully closing the windows let management know.

For more winter maintenance tips check out this ARTICLE.

Looking for a new apartment? Check out all our listings HERE.

Becoming Lowman Walton Hall

Another historic renovation is in the books!

On Monday, November 7th, 2022,  Dickinson State University had their ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Lowman Walton Hall, formerly known as Pulver Hall.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by DSU President Steven Easton and Director of the TR Center, Christopher O’Brien.  Roers was the general contractor overseeing the complete interior renovation of this six-story building. 

Originally built in 1967, Pulver Hall was used as a male only dormitory, and in later years was repurposed into an office building and has been used as that ever since.  The new Lowman Walton Hall is now housing the Theodore Roosevelt Center, which does digitizing of the 26th President of the United States.  On the upper two levels of the building, there are suites that have been re-converted into modern dorm rooms to house students. 

You can also check out our Pulver Hall project page HERE.

Introducing Our New Safety Manager!

How long have you been with Roers?
7 years

What positions have you held?
Carpenter, Lead carpenter, and Safety Manager, As well as being on the safety committee for 3 1/2 years straight.

Why are you passionate about safety in the workplace?
Safety is what keeps us happy and healthy, it lets us go home at the end of the day. It saves us money, and it proves that we are all in this together.

What opportunities do you see to maintain and better our safety stats?
I’d like to collect and analyze the data available to help pilot a proactive safety culture. When everyone understands and respects hazards and can speak up to and educate the ones less knowledgeable, we can cultivate a plan to remain efficient as well as safe.

How did you become involved in Safety at Roers?
had a minor jobsite incident that was less than serious, involving a forklift, but still required some action. I was placed on the safety committee at that point to help educate me on safety in the work place. Well, it worked! I really did pay attention and changed my attitude about safety, 3 years later I won the annual Safety Champion award. 8 months after that I was promoted to Safety Manager.

What is your favorite part of working for Roers in general and in your role?
Roers really does feel like a family, but I have to say the field and the office are more like cousins rather than siblings. I get to work with the entire family and would like to bridge the gap better to bring us closer together than ever before.

Mack Buck

Safety Manager
safety@roers.com

We are all excited to welcome Mack into his new role with Roers and can’t wait to see where he takes safety with the company!

Roers Announces Downtown Moorhead Development Project Plans

Moorhead’s downtown will be revitalized with expanded opportunities for lifestyle, diversity and a growing expressive culture. Roers has unveiled the initial concept plans for the Downtown Moorhead Development project, inspired by a vision of “More to Moorhead.” The reimagined downtown area is the steppingstone for the future growth and value of Moorhead.

Roers will oversee the planning and execution of the development, which may be upwards of nine city blocks. “Roers is investing in this project as we feel there is a fantastic opportunity for Moorhead, its business community, and its residents,” commented Jim Roers, CEO of Roers.   Roers will work with and bring on other developers to complete the project. “With a project of this magnitude, partnering with other developers in the community will bring new ideas and enhancements to the development. We have already held conversations with interested developers and welcome others to get involved,” said Roers. Roers is the lead developer of the project and is working with the City of Moorhead to establish design standards for the entire project. This will streamline the process for developers who want to be involved in the project.

Roers is partnering with JLG Architects and Stantec to help bring the vision to reality for the development. Building off of Moorhead’s Downtown Master Plan and Comprehensive plan, the design team has worked closely with stakeholders to set the framework for a development that would support the growth and continued prosperity of Moorhead. A vibrant downtown is the heartbeat of any thriving community. Great consideration has gone into developing an intentional master plan that can serve as a framework for development, with the goals of being fresh and exciting for Moorhead residents, as well as existing and new businesses. In the research for the Downtown Moorhead vision, the most common responses were the need for opportunities for Moorhead residents to live, work, and have entertainment options.  

Development Vision

Combining cultural architecture from Moorhead’s roots to all heritages represented in the community, JLG has designed the concept to be a place where people from all cultures can come together. The plan envisions place for people to live, work, shop, relax, learn and celebrate together. Incorporated green space will include water features tying in the connection to the riverfront, entertainment opportunities in an outdoor plaza area or street sections will add to the “gathering” atmosphere. Established museums and new opportunities for art, education and theater will provide a thriving cultural destination.  Unique local and global dining options will attract those visiting but also those living in the development. Housing options may range from rooftop patio condos, walk up townhomes or studio river view apartments. The Downtown Moorhead vision is to create a place where all people can see themselves.

Plans include multiple phases of the project. As the plans are still being finalized, the first phase may include four new buildings and will be located at the east end of the existing Moorhead Center Mall area. The second phase would be on the south section of the Moorhead Center Mall with new buildings added. Each of the spaces within the mall is privately owned, therefore Roers is working with each owner to understand their needs and opportunities for their businesses as part of the new development.  All businesses are welcome to be a part of the development and remain in downtown Moorhead. The City of Moorhead anticipates studying the renovation/relocation of City Hall, however no decision has been made.

“The plan captures a vibrant and inclusive vision for our downtown. It pays homage to the roots of the people of this region, while also creating space and opportunity for people to see themselves living, working, and playing in our downtown,” says Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson. “The City of Moorhead is excited to be part of this incredible redevelopment that will provide the catalyst Moorhead needs to ignite our downtown and create places filled with amazing experiences.”

For more information on this project, to keep up to date on the development status, or if you are interested in being a part of the development (builder or retail), please visit www.moretomoorhead.com

Project Background

Roers and the City of Moorhead entered into a predevelopment agreement in 2019 with the option for Roers to purchase City-owned property. The partnership involved identifying redevelopment opportunities for the existing Moorhead City Hall (located at the 500 block of Center Avenue in Moorhead), Moorhead Center Mall and surrounding City-owned property. As part of the partnership, Roers and the City of Moorhead will focus on a development options mutually beneficial for all parties including the Moorhead Center Mall property owners, Downtown Moorhead Inc., residents, and business owners of Moorhead.

Roers is a Fargo-based development company specializing in development, construction, real estate and property management. Roers has a proven track record for building success in the communities we serve, and we can’t wait to take on this huge project with the help of other reputable companies in our area and the City of Moorhead.

Head to our Downtown Moorhead Development project page HERE.

Employee Picnic and All Company Meeting Recap – June 2022

employee picnic and all company meeting

It’s time to review the 2022 employee picnic and all company meeting we hosted June 23rd and 24th here in Fargo!

2022 Roers Employee Picnic Takes on Thunder Road!

Each summer, we host an employee picnic to get together our employees and their families from all over the state to enjoy an evening of food, fun and togetherness. This year was no different, but we did take a different approach than years past. Not only did our employees receive fun hats instead of our usual picnic tees, we decided to host this years’ employee picnic at Thunder Road in Fargo! 

Although the day was definitely a hot one, Thunder Road helped provide the entertainment. Our attendees were able to have fun on the go-karts and bumper cars, take a swing at the batting cages and mini golf course, and of course had access to the arcade games inside where it was nice and cool.

For food this year, Roers reached out and secured Twisted Spork. The local food truck vendor provided the option for a build your own burger, brats, and 3 different kinds of pizza for our employees and families to enjoy! They were able to set up right on site and stayed open to accommodate anyone who may have shown up a bit later in the evening.

Getting families together to experience an evening of fun and an opportunity for coworkers to socialize outside of the workplace is always so fun.

June All Company Meeting

Roers hosts an All Company Meeting once or twice a year. The meeting is a great way to get team members from all locations together in one place for an in-person update on all that’s going on within the company. This year, we hosted our summer meeting at the Clubhouse Hotel and Suites in Fargo with breakfast brought in by Porter Creek, located right next door. 

After enjoying some breakfast, we started the morning with our leadership team giving updates regarding each division of the company. We heard from our President and CEO, construction executives, CFO/COO regarding our property management, as well as a quick safety update and some HR reminders.  

The company update brought to light some new projects and development items that have been in progress behind the scenes that are going to be great for our community. Our construction team provided updates about projects that have recently been completed (ie. Medora Elevator, Pulver Hall, Touchmark at Harwood Grove), some projects that we are currently working on (ie. St Paul Newman Center), and the opportunity for projects in our near future located all over the state. The segment regarding property management highlighted the standings for our commercial and residential teams and recognized the great work happening within our property maintenance team as well. Our safety manager gave an update on where we are standing with incidents this year so far and HR talked about new hires that have joined our team as well as reminded everyone about a couple employee resources and incentives to take advantage of.

We finished the morning by having motivational speaker, Dawn Chisholm, come and speak to our team about the importance of safety in the workplace. It was a great presentation reminding us how a split second decision to not take the proper precautions can change our lives in the blink of an eye. 

Overall, we had a successful turnout and were able to hear about so many great things coming our way for the remainder of 2022! 

Roers is continuing to build success and stronger communities in everything we do!

The Road to Homeownership: 9 Steps to Success

In today’s market, there are many uncertainties with buying a home. When is the right time? Can I afford it? Is it the right move for me with my goals? It can be very stressful when determining what suits your needs and if buying a home is worth the investment in this market.  If you need a basis on where to start, take a look at the following nine steps: 

1. The Funds:

First off, it is crucial to get a handle on your finances. You’ll want to figure out what your income is, your expenses, and your credit level. Sometimes, reducing spending habits, even if only temporary, may be necessary in securing a mortgage on a home. Being open and honest with your realtor will give you the best start on your search and getting pre-approval from a lender will help you to know your budget and keep your search narrowed down. 

2. How Much Should You Put Down?

Figuring out how money you are willing or able to put towards the down payment is the next step. It is typical to put down at least 6% of your loan balance. However, the more you can put down the better! 

There are many advantages to putting 20% down on a home. This will allow a shorter loan payment period and save you thousands on interest fees as well as mortgage insurance premiums.

3. Choosing A Realtor

The road to owning a home, especially in the busy market today, is a daunting task. Finding a realtor with a proven track record is crucial to a smooth transaction. With Roers, we have the history and reputation proven to serve our clients with trust and dedication.

Our realtor, Anne Kallhoff, is very experienced with over 14 years of residential and commercial selling under her belt. She has sold over 500 homes and says that there is no such thing as a stress free home buying process. However, Anne says that going with an experienced realtor is the key to a low stress home buying process.

4. Decide Your Budget

As we all know, navigating the financial end of the buying process is unarguably the biggest concern of any real estate transaction. Luckily, our expertise has been proven to help our clients work out just how much they can afford. Many people typically decide to use 30% of their annual income towards buying a home. However, that can vary greatly depending on what your personal preferences are. 

For another bit of help on deciding your budget, check out this blog article with different items to think about when choosing your price range on your new home!

5. Finding The Perfect Home

 Now for the fun part! Looking for a house can be very fun. Envisioning your future can be very exciting. Just be sure to know your deal breakers, needs, and wants!

This will ensure a smooth process. Some things to consider are:

  • Number of Bedrooms
  • Number of Bathrooms
  • The Kitchen
  • Location of The Home
  • Amount of Acreage
  • Garage & Storage Space

These are some things that we believe most people consider the most when buying a home. As these take some futuristic planning to determine what will suit your needs for the years to come.

Anne Kallhoff: Roers Real Estate Agent

6. Submitting An Offer

 In this competitive market, submitting an offer is tough. You must assess what the home means to you as the seller is likely getting other offers. Roers will make this as stress-free as possible for you by negotiating the price and particulars of the deal through your approval. Anne Kallhoff (realtor) says that even in this crazy market, it is always wise to invest in real estate. With that said, it is currently smartest to make a fair offer initially.

7. Getting Your New Home Inspected And Appraised

Once your house is bought, it is important to get an expert opinion on the home. They will determine the exact value of your house and inspect the home for any damages or code violations. This is nothing to stress about, just a precautionary measure.

8. Closing

Congratulations! You’re officially a homeowner. During this stage, you’ll gain legal ownership of the house, sign paperwork, and get the keys. Now that the stressful part is done, the real work begins!

9. The Big Move

A very chaotic day, but very rewarding. It’s time to settle in, and enjoy your new home. Some tips for moving include:

  • Setting a budget
  • Get rid of items you wouldn’t buy again
  • Leave your clothes on their hangers
  • Find free packing supplies

Utilizing these tricks will help you save money and lead to a less stressful move! 

Searching for your forever home? Check out our listings or contact our real estate agent.

Anne Kallhoff
Roers Real Estate Services LLC
701-866-4425
akalhoff@roers.com

It’s Time for Townhomes

Roers files permit application for Roosevelt Neighborhood Townhome Project 

Jim Roers, President of Roers Construction and Development, announced that Roers Construction filed an application for the building permit to construct seven townhomes on the block near the Newman Center Church and the View Apartment building in Fargo. 

“As we’ve promised the Roosevelt neighborhood from the beginning, we are committed to providing affordable living solutions as a part of this project that will welcome new families into the neighborhood.  Working through supply chain issues, construction delays, and cost increases that came about due to COVID, we have found a solution to ensure that these units remain reasonably priced for families and that we are able to construct them in an expeditious manner,” said Roers. 

Roers said that Roers Construction is prepared to break ground as soon as the building permit is approved and anticipates the townhomes will be ready for occupancy by the end of 2022.  As has been reported, this project represents the final phase of a multi-year project on the north Fargo site.  The townhomes represent the last $2,000,000 of the $50,000,000 total project budget. 

When it was originally approved by the City, it was estimated that the project would provide $9,000,000 of taxable value for the City, but even without the completed townhomes the project has already increased the taxable value to $10,700,000.  This value increase on this block will serve to reduce property tax burdens for citizens throughout the city. 

Roers is committed to working proactively with the City of Fargo on this project and in the future to better the community.

Check out the three projects below to see how this multi-property project all comes together!

St Paul Newman Center

The View on University

Faith Based Student Housing

Warm Weather Maintenance Tips

For most of the Midwest, everyone is excited to be moving out of those cold dark days of winter and into the sunny warm days of spring. Since spring quickly transitions into summer in our area, spring cleaning turns into summer cleaning. With the excitement of the warm weather people tend to forget the maintenance required to keep their homes fully functioning. Here are some tips to help with the maintenance and get you back outside!

AC Maintenance

During our long winters, our air conditioners are the last thing on our mind but as the days get warmer you may be tempted to turn that dial on. Unless the temperature you are setting it to is colder than it is outside, you risk freezing up your AC. The last thing you’ll want to do after 6 months of winter is to be stuck inside all day waiting for the repair guy. Instead of using the AC, try opening your windows. Having your windows open brings in fresh cool air, which will help your house feel less stuffy after this long winter.

Time to Clean

Nothing feels better then starting a new season in a clean space. So, crank up the tunes and bust out your cleaning supplies because it is time to do some deep cleaning. Start by moving the furniture around so you can vacuum underneath it. Who knows what might be hiding under there? Also take this time to dust things that you might normally miss. Getting spots like the ceiling fan, bookshelves, and on top of cupboards will keep the air clean and may even help those seasonal allergies. This would also be a great time to rotate your closet. Change out your winter clothes for your spring and summer clothes. Put those snow boots away and bring out your sandals. You may also find that you have too many clothes from previous seasons so look at options like donations or a garage sale. I know that all sounds like a lot of work but luckily for you not all cleaning is hands on! Things like your washing machine, oven, and dishwasher have self-washing options so put in the soap, press start and let your appliances do the work.

Outdoor Maintenance

The last thing to check out is your patios. If you are lucky enough to have one, you definitely want to make sure it is ready for spring. Check things like railings and floorboards nothing should be wiggly or sticking out. When checking your deck for safety, try running the hose over the boards. Cleaning off any of that built up dirt will make the space feel a thousand times better. Also keep your eye out for bird nests and knock them down early, before any eggs have been laid. Though they seem cute, they will take over your outdoor space and can make it difficult for you to enjoy it.

I know we are already for some time with warm weather and sunshine. For a full list of seasonal maintenance items, check out this article!

Keeping these small maintenance tips in mind should make your transition into spring seamless!

Roers residents if you find anything that needs to be fixed up while cleaning please contact us!