MOORHEAD — A senior living organization will shutter one of its facilities that is located in a historic building in downtown Moorhead.
Eventide Senior Living Communities announced Wednesday, July 7, that the Fairmont location at 801 2nd Ave. N. will close its doors. The nonprofit organization had intended to move out of the building as part of its long-term plan, but a pipe leak that caused major water damage has accelerated that timeline.
“We have known for some time that the Eventide Fairmont building would eventually not allow us to meet the needs of our residents,” Eventide President and CEO Jon Riewer said in a statement. “With the recent water damage event, we had to take a hard look at the future of the Fairmont and how it aligns with our mission to best serve older adults.”
Eventide purchased the Fairmont building in 1994, said Carrie Carney, an Eventide spokeswoman. It previously was the Fairmont Creamery Company, which closed in 1980. The building first opened in 1924 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
It’s unclear what is next for the building, but Eventide said it would work to sell the Fairmont building to a local developer with experience in preserving historic buildings.
“We are grateful for our time at Eventide Fairmont and that it allowed us to serve many residents over the years and we are confident that the new owner will take a special interest in the next chapter of the Fairmont Creamery building,” Riewer said. “Selling the Fairmont allows our organization to focus on additional growth and investment on our Eighth Street campus in Moorhead, which will best serve our community’s older adults of today and tomorrow.”
Eventide determined it could not reconfigure the building's layout to meet residential needs, particularly in the east addition. Other reasons for closing the facility include an absence of a commercial kitchen, limited areas that could be used for common spaces and a lack of amenities. Most of the apartments do not have kitchens, and Eventide can’t remodel the building to meet regulations required by Minnesota law, the organization said.
“The investment required to make these changes is well beyond what makes sense financially or programmatically,” Riewer said. “The needs and wants of today’s older adults continue to evolve and it is our responsibility to respond.”
Eventide plans to move the Fairmont's 53 residents out of the building over the next 90 days. The organization said it won’t shut down the facility or transfer ownership of the location until all residents have new homes.
Some will be able to move to Eventide's Linden Apartments in Moorhead, and the organization is working with other senior living communities to find residents places to live, Carney said.
All 17 memory care residents will move to the Linden Apartments, which recently opened a memory care addition there, Carney said.
Staff will be allowed to work at other Eventide locations in the Fargo-Moorhead area. No deadline to move out of the building has been set, Carney said.
Along with its Moorhead locations, Eventide has facilities in North Dakota in Fargo, West Fargo, Jamestown and Devils Lake.