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.

Roers Closes Sale of U32 and T Loft Apartments

U32 Ph 1 & 2 exterior

Roers recently announced it has closed on the sale of U32 Apartments and T Loft Apartments in Fargo, ND.

In 2005, Roers brought the concept of premier private student housing to North Dakota State University and has become the leader of off-campus student housing with top notch amenities, security, and all-inclusive rent payments. Between T Lofts and U32 Apartments these projects have provided 414 units of premier housing to the North Fargo community. The Roers team developed, constructed, and managed T Lofts and U32 Apartments. During this time, the team served thousands of residents with a premier living experience and had the opportunity to be a resource for college students to have a great living experience right next to campus.  “With the recent success of leasing our buildings with over 95% occupancy rates, we were aware these properties were in optimal position to sell, especially with the current low interest rate environment, commented Danielle Paulus, Roers Chief Operating Officer.

HB Ledges Management, based in Arizona, has taken over ownership and property management of both properties. HB Ledges has experience in student housing and is excited to invest in North Dakota. The Roers team will continue to be a resource for the new owners as consultants during the first year.

“We are excited to be investing in the Fargo market and look forward to continuing the premier experience Roers provided at the buildings,” said Howard Berger, Managing Director for HB Ledges.

T Lofts is located across from the NDSU campus just off 12th Avenue. Built in 2012, the property has 181 units and is equipped with amenities perfect for students to enjoy from fitness rooms, study rooms, lounge with billiards, and underground parking. All amenities plus air, heat, internet, and cable are all included in one bill for added convenience. Students transitioning from on-campus living find T Lofts an excellent option as it is within walking distance to campus and many other local attractions in North Fargo.

U32 Apartments  was built in 2017 and has 233 units. U32 is known as Fargo’s first amenity-rich, lifestyle-driven, all-inclusive living experience. Some of the sought after amenities include state-of-art fitness center, outdoor courtyard with basketball court, beach volleyball court, patio grill, and fire pit areas, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, sauna, racquetball court/yoga studio, community lounge, study rooms, underground parking and more. U32 is located at 1151 32nd Ave N in Fargo.

Jim Roers, CEO of Roers, is excited as he looks forward to the next development. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Roers to take this success and invest back in the community with future projects. We have excellent opportunities for additional projects near campus and throughout this community and we are already working behind the scenes to determine our next steps,” Roers commented.

Roers currently manages properties for outside owners as well as owns and leases various properties including apartment complexes, several townhomes and single-family homes throughout the Fargo-Moorhead and Dickinson communities. 

For more details on Roers including development, construction, property management or real estate, please visit roers.com.

All Smiles at SmileCare

SmileCare Dental, owned by Dr. Ryan Nygard, is a well-established family and cosmetic dental practice in Fargo, ND. We truly believe we are unlike any other dental experience.  It is their goal to provide you and your family with professional and comfortable care in a peaceful and clean office environment through state-of-the-art dental practices and technologies. While their equipment has been state-of-the-art since opening, Dr. Ryan wanted the building to match that.

This project was a 5,101 square foot interior and exterior remodel with a new parking lot and landscaping, as well as additional rental space. The goal was to keep the dental office operational throughout the entire process, so we completed the interior remodel in 2 phases. The interior remodel project consisted of a new layout, dental equipment, and implementing an all-around welcoming space. The exterior remodel consisted of new windows, siding, paint, building signage, landscaping and a new parking lot. 

We visited with Roers Project Manager, Nate Mankie, to get some feedback regarding this project. Here is what he had to say:

What was your favorite part of the process?

My favorite part was watching the existing building go from old to new. I also enjoyed watching patients’ and passerby’s reactions as they saw the different stages of progress throughout the remodel.

With the dental office still operating, how did you avoid any issues during the remodel?

The key is maintaining optimal communication between Roers, SmileCare, and the subcontractors. With this, we were able to maintain our schedule to keep each piece running efficiently.

What was it like working on-site?

Everyone worked well on site. Everyone would help if there was a problem and put their heads together to come up with a solution. They would respect that the dental office was still open during construction and that some days we had to work around that but overall it was a good on-site experience.

What was a highlight of working on this project?

The highlight of the project for me was the completion of the exterior of the building. The exterior is like a first impression. It sets the tone for the experience, and I think it turned out great!

This remodel project offered a unique experience for our team, as we got to work along side an interior designer.

Monica Hart, Interior Designer, came in and assisted SmileCare in making the owner’s dream of a new space, with a timeless color pallet and feel, come to life. Dr. Ryan specifically asked for navy blue with an accent of mustard, so she built the palette and selections around that.

At Roers, we focus on building partnerships, so we asked Monica how her experience working with the Roers team was.

“Everyone at Roers was very efficient and organized – I really appreciated that!”

That efficiency and organization played a role in the success of this project. Happy contractor, happy interior designer, happy owner. This was such a fun project to be a part of, and we can’t wait for the next!

Check out the great images below that we received from Monica Hart.

Missouri Slope Is Coming to Life

“This will be a great contribution to the community.” – Phil Keller, Project Superintendent

 

From the project’s inception, the architectural design team, the Missouri Slope design team, and our Roers Dickinson office, have all worked together seamlessly to bring The Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center to life. Missouri Slope is a state-of-the-art facility, with its impressive size, vertical stature and over 200,000 square feet of space on a 19-acre lot. This hard to miss facility is designed to meet all staff and resident needs, including 184 rooms with 192 beds, five impressive kitchens, nurses stations, a salon, a chapel, and so much more.

Experiences

There has been great communication from all teams, making the project run smoothly and making the process enjoyable for everyone. All trades meet weekly, and the Missouri building committee meets every other week on where the project is sitting and what is coming down the road. These meetings have been productive and informative, especially with the large crew working daily.

All trades have stepped up and worked together through all the challenges of two difficult winter seasons, and a global pandemic, to hit each milestone of the project’s progress. Majority of the work is being done by trades local to North Dakota, and the project is averaging over 100 workers on-site daily working towards completion. More recently, a new trade headed to the job site to complete their portion of the work and we spoke to the foreman. “This is an amazing project from the road. I’ve been watching the progress for over a year, waiting for the call to come on site,” said the foreman.

Milestones

-Groundbreaking 
-Steel Erection
-Precast
-Framing
-Exterior Finishes
-Paving and Landscaping 

 

Phase 1 of the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center is projected to open in the fall of 2021.

 

For more information on the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center project, click HERE.

Pulver Hall Renovation – Preserving Roosevelt’s Legacy

One of Roers current projects is the remodel of Pulver Hall in Dickinson, ND, located in the heart of Dickinson State University. When the building was originally built in 1967, it was a men’s dormitory.  For the past 30 years it has served as one of the state’s office building. The main reason for the remodel is to provide a permanent home for the University’s Theodore Roosevelt Center (TRC).  The TRC is dedicated to preserving the legacy of President Roosevelt.  Having a permanent home at Pulver Hall affords TRC the opportunity to hold meetings, like their annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium, feature exhibits, create a home for their digital library and digitizing office, and house their research library.

History In The Making Floor by Floor

The first floor will be home to the research library and exhibit area with approximately 1,500 square feet of display area. The first floor will be decorated to reflect the historical period in which Roosevelt lived and will be based on rooms in his own past residence. This exhibit space will help to give guests a glimpse into the life of Theodore Roosevelt and his connection to and love of western North Dakota.

The second floor will house the TRC offices. The third floor offers additional meeting and classroom space for the university, as well as a recording and broadcasting studio.

Individual offices and a small apartment for visiting scholars will make up the fourth floor.  The top two floors will feature upgraded residence hall rooms for approximately 66 Dickinson State University students.

Insight on the Center

The Theodore Roosevelt Center and the digital library project require the contributions of skilled, experienced professions with the desire to preserve this exceptional history. We visited with one of these highly dedicated individuals about the vision of this project. Clay Jenkins, a Theodore Roosevelt Humanities Scholar, is helping shape the direction of this project. He provided some insight on the project and the hopes for the future.

Q – When the museum opens, what can visitors expect?

The first exhibit will feature original prints from the Edward S. Curtis Collection. Roosevelt praised Curtis on his photographs as he said they were the beginning to assimilate into broader culture of the US. 

Q – What are some unique features this project will entail?

We are working on recreating the reading room from Roosevelt’s home at Sagamore Hill. The heavy masculine feeling of the room will be filled with leather, statues and animal trophies. The fireplace will help tie in the spirit and aesthetics from Roosevelt’s room.

Q – When is the opening date for museum?

We are hoping for August 2021. The main goad is for the museum to be built in confidence, we want it to be done right and to truly reflect Roosevelt’s life.

Q – About how many employees will be working at the digital library?

There will be two full time staff members. Once the museum is open, they hope to have interns join the team.

Q – What is one thing you hope guests will enjoy and remember when they visit?

When visitors walk in, we want them to notice every aspect of Theodore Roosevelt life. With the plans that we have in place for truly exquisite replicas of Theodore’s reading room, fireplace, and other plans for renditions of his cabin, we hope to have visitors come through the doors and feel wowed.

Jenkins, commented the project has been going smoothly, “Working with the Roers team and JLG, the architects on the project, has been an amazingly satisfying partnership.”

Keep up to date on the progress of this project at https://www.roers.com/project/pulver-hall/

Nome Schoolhouse: Renovation Brings More Than Learning Back to the School

The Nome Schoolhouse in Nome, North Dakota is currently being renovated by two local business owners with a dream.  They saw the schoolhouse as the perfect opportunity to combine their businesses, educate others on their business lines and provide a building for the community to use for education, events and socializing.

Who is Behind the Renovation

Chris Ambrust and Teresa Perleberg are North Dakota business owners in a unique industry. Their story is interesting on how together their businesses could build great things.

Chris is the owner, Dakota Fiber Mill, the only full-service fiber processing mill in the Dakotas. Dakota Fiber Mill processes raw fiber (wool, alpaca, bison, goat etc) into yarn and roving. Teresa Perleberg is the owner of Bear Creek Felting. Teresa is a master in the art of needle felting. She has an online academy which offers members access to online tutorial courses instructing how to needle felt various pieces of art. She also raises a large herd of sheep for the wool to use in her kits and supplies which she sells online as well. 

Chris has been processing the wool for Teresa for over 10 years. Over that time, they became friends and two years ago collaborated on a wool needle felting cushion. The demand was extremely high and in the spring of 2018 a lightbulb went off for the business partners. Chris had an extra acreage not being used and her mill was busting at the seams. She knew she needed to expand her current building or build new. At that point Teresa’s daughter had just returned from college seeking to become a chef and open a catering business. That is when the lightbulb turned on! The idea was to build a facility that would house not only the mill but guest rooms, classrooms and event space as well as food and beverage. Teresa was on board and Hence Shepard Industries was born.

Renovation Inspiration

The idea of building new was tossed around but both Chris and Teresa love old buildings which brought them to the idea of renovating one of the forgotten and deteriorating schoolhouses in the area. They “schoolshopped” and fell in love with the Nome Schoolhouse! It was decommissioned fully in 1970, purchased and used mainly for storage. For the past 10 years however, it has been sitting empty.

The business partners prayed for guidance and support. They found out the budget they had originally planned on was much lower than what it was going to take to make their dream a reality. “We became very anxious on the cost, as we were trying to demo all the debris and rotted areas and coordinating engineers ourselves, not having a clue on all the engineering it was going to take before rebuilding started. So many people told us we were crazy and will never be able to finish the project and that we were in way over our heads. All these comments just fueled our fire of determination,” Chris stated.

In the Spring of 2019, the decision to continue or back out had to be made. “We ‘threw out our fleece’, so to say, in the form of a kick starter campaign which is similar to a Go Fund Me campaign but for start-up businesses. You come up with an amount you are going for and if you meet that goal you get the funds, if you don’t meet the goal you do not,” Chris explained. The campaign earned more than they had anticipated. In addition, a successful Nome Alumni helped cosign the loan. The project was moving forward!

Renovation on Phase 1

As they quickly discovered, Chris and Teresa needed help coordinating the renovations. They hired Roers as the Construction Management company for the project. “We have been so pleased with everyone at Roers!  It was such a relief to have them take over everything. A big relief as well was how the superintendent on site is handling the actual demo and rebuild. We are saving as much of everything in the school as we can and the crew has been amazing at going out of their way to save wood, doors, molding, etc.  We believe they have grown to love the school as much as we do. We couldn’t imagine having a better team onboard with us,” Chris remarked.

Phase one, the gymnasium is now complete. Wood salvaged from an area of the school that had collapsed and needed to be demoed is being used for a bar, shelving and covering support beams. The fire escape steps are being used to access a mezzanine added above the bar, catering kitchen and restroom area which were built.

Phase 2 Making Progress

Phase 2 of the renovation will include the rebuild of the back area of the school. The area will be expanded and include renovations of the existing classrooms and the addition of the guest rooms.

The Roers crew completed the footings of the addition, with walls to follow. The goal of Phase 2 is for the front of the school to mimic the original front of the building. As you enter the school from the front and walk up the stairs, holding the gorgeous wood railing that so many students have done so before, and step into the main hall, it will look exactly like it did in 1916 with classrooms to the left and right. You will not see the large addition behind the school to the east. “We cannot wait to hear the memories that will flood the minds of those past students,” commented Chris. 

What the Future Entails

The gym currently houses fiber arts classes as well as the offices for Hence Shepard Industries. Small events are being held and regular open hours for food and beverage to be enjoyed. 

The completed schoolhouse will house several entities. The schoolhouse itself is a 501c3 non-profit. Hence Shepard Industries will rent space from the school. The old barn, just steps from the back of the school, will house an education herd of fiber animals. A variety of sheep, alpacas, llamas, camel, goats, rabbits and more will be onsite for groups to be able to view and be educated on where natural fibers come from.  Visitors will be able to view the fiber from the goats which create cashmere sweaters. The sweaters can be purchased at Macy’s. The bottom floor of the addition houses the processing mill and packaging area for the products made onsite. 

The facilities will offer a variety of classes on fiber arts and crafts, as well as all-inclusive retreats, scrapbooking and wellness events, among others.  The event center will be used for conferences, weddings, reunions and so much more. Each of the 13 guest rooms will have a unique décor with private bath. The guests will be treated to amazing food utilizing local produce, farm fresh eggs and grass-fed beef from the Perleberg Ranch, fresh roasted coffee from Valley City and other local delicacies! An onsite retail store will be open daily with tours provided. 

The businesses partners have been humbled to have alumni return and tell their memories and stories of their years at the school. The Nome school was influential with teaching students in the past. Now all who visit the renovated school will have the opportunity to learn something new. The future is bright for the Nome Schoolhouse!

Follow the story of this historic building at https://nomeschoolhouse.com/. More construction updates continue to be updated on roers.com.

Creating Partnerships is Key to Florida Project Staying on Task

The Roers Development team is extremely pleased with the progress of the Cape at Savona Point project. The construction crew is ahead of schedule! The goal is to have the first 40-plex completed in late Spring 2020. The construction process has been flawless.  The contractor understands the design build process and is excellent at value engineering. Developing strong partnerships has been key to this project running smoothly.

Matt Nygard, Project Manager with Roers Development, had this to say about working on a project over 1,900 miles away – “You realize how valuable “time”  and “trust” are.  There is no running down the street to verify something.  When I’m physically in Florida, the site walk through with the superintendent, architect, and project manager is the most important time of my month.   A beneficial strategy we have is a weekly conference call with the previously mentioned professionals.  These calls are important to keep the project moving forward.  If there are items that need a deep dive, we discuss those offline with the appropriate professional to keep the meeting moving forward.  We are learning things a long the way and with our integrated software program, our team of professionals is able to make quick decisions and keep track of them.”

Keep up to date on the progress of this project on roers.com.

Construction is Officially Underway at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, to commemorate the launch of the construction of the Missouri Slope North Campus. Local city officials including Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken, Brian Ritter, President of Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, Pastor Larry Giese, Missouri Slope’s Board of Directors, proud residents and care givers of Missouri Slope, Roers and Pope Architects team members, along with numerous community members were all in attendance for the event.

Roers Construction and Development teams will work collaboratively with Pope Architects for Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center on the initial phase of the project which will feature the Skilled Nursing Facility and Town Center. “The Roers team is looking forward to starting work on this project for Missouri Slope, the largest and only locally owned and operated non-profit long term care organization in the Bismarck/Mandan community,” commented Larry Nygard, President of Roers Development Inc. Missouri Slope’s current facility which has served the community for 52 years, is imperative to help fill the unmet needs of senior living options in the area.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, our journey to build the most advanced long term care facility in the region begins with the first shovel” says Reier Thompson, President/CEO of Missouri Slope.  Phase I is anticipated to be completed by October 1, 2021. Phase 2 will consist of Base Care including 130 basic nursing beds and Phase 3 will add 60 apartments for Independent Living options.

Exciting Times for the City of Moorhead

Roers and the City of Moorhead (the “City”) have recently announced their plan to enter into a predevelopment agreement with the option for the City to purchase real estate property with Roers. The partnership will lead to identifying redevelopment opportunities for the existing Moorhead City Hall, located at the 500 block of Center Avenue in Moorhead, and surrounding City-owned property. The predevelopment agreement provides Roers Real Estate Services to take representation of City-owned property in order to explore potential partnerships, which may lead to a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the City owned property. Roers and the City have entered into a professional services agreement, therefore a public bid for the services was not required. Roers will not be compensated in any manner until a City approved plan is developed. As part of the joint venture, Roers and the City will focus on a win-win situation for all parties including the Moorhead Center Mall property owners, Downtown Moorhead Inc., residents and business owners of Moorhead. Moorhead Center Mall is privately held, therefore these properties will maintain standard operating. Both the City and Roers recognize these businesses have been vital to keep the mall a destination for the community. Roers will partner with Moorhead Center Mall property owners to identify future opportunities as plans for the City progress. Downtown Moorhead Inc. and the City of Moorhead have begun to embark on a downtown planning effort, which is currently engaging citizens and business owners in creating a vision for Downtown Moorhead. Any project concept Roers would develop for City-owned property will be consistent with the vision of the Downtown Master Plan currently being drafted. “We anticipate this partnership with the City of Moorhead is just the beginning of major growth for the entire Moorhead community. With the excitement the Moorhead residents and business owners have around the plans for revitalization in the downtown sector, there are abundant opportunities for growth. Its an exciting time for the community,” commented Jim Roers, CEO of Roers.

St Paul Newman Center Ground Breaking

The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the St. Paul Newman Center was held on Monday, June 24. Over 125 people were in attendance to celebrate this momentous occasion as the long awaited project begins. Special guests in attendance included Rev. James Cheney, Newman Center Pastor & Director; Dean Bresciani, NDSU President; Tim Mahoney, Fargo Mayor, Most Rev. John Folda, Bishop of the Fargo Diocese; Jim Roers, CEO of Roers and Larry Nygard, President of Roers Development.

In 1928, the first religious organization of the campus of North Dakota State University was established. The current facility was constructed in 1958, and has grown to serve thousands of students. With the growth of the NDSU campus and the thriving campus ministry of St. Paul’s Newman Center, there is a need to build a new facility to better serve the community. The groundbreaking of the new chapel and the student housing project, to begin at a later date, will serve the campus with the ever growing needs and continue to serve the community in a great capacity.