Moorhead OKs nearly $300,000 in tax breaks for new commercial projects

Wags Stay n' Play in Moorhead.Dave Wallis / The Forum
Mariah Tengesdal, left, and Leala Stanton record notes as they do evaluations on new dogs staying at Wags Stay N Play's facility in Moorhead. Forum file photo

MOORHEAD — The Moorhead City Council has granted property tax breaks for two building projects.

One is for a new $3.4 million, two-story office building being constructed by Enclave Solutions that will be leased to Solutions Behavioral Network at 1547 30th Ave. S. The estimated five-year tax break is $272,000 over the five years, although the company will pay property taxes on the land valued at $440,500.

The other is for Rich & De Properties for a 8,000-square-foot, $575,000 building that will be leased to Wags Stay N Play at 1601 Main Ave. S. for part of its pet day care, boarding, training and office operations. The estimated three-year tax break is $27,600, although taxes will still be paid on the land valued at $114,400.

The council on Monday, April 13, unanimously approved both temporary tax exemptions after a public hearing with no objections.

The Solutions Behavioral Network, started 20 years ago, is planning to add 10 new jobs to its 300 employees in its new headquarters and other facilities. The nonprofit agency provides mental health services to children and adults with clinics also in Fargo, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Alexandria and St. Cloud.


The 24,000-square-foot wood-framed building with brick, metal and glass exterior facade will also have an interior lobby, offices, conference room and employee break room. Construction is expected to start this month, with completion in February 2021.

The Wags Stay N Play pet facility, owned by DeAnne Kading Powell, is planning to add two employees to its 22-worker staff in its new structure. The new facility will include indoor and outdoor pet exercise areas, a grooming area, training facilities and an office and reception area. The company's pet grooming operation is called Wags n' Whiskers.

Work on the new building is expected to start in November, with completion by May 2021.

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