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South Moorhead Days Inn and Courtney's Comedy Club demolition to make way for Compass Apartments

The Moorhead City Council is being asked to approve a height variance for the four-story multi-family complex.

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The former Days Inn Hotel is partially demolished Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 600 30th Ave. S., Moorhead.
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MOORHEAD — The walls are coming down at the long-vacant Moorhead Days Inn and former Courtney’s Comedy Club to make way for a four-story apartment complex.

West Fargo-based Enclave Companies is preparing the site at 600 30th Ave. S. for Compass Apartments, a four-story, 204-unit multifamily project.

A request for a conditional use permit to exceed the maximum height requirements for the site goes before the City Council on Monday, May 9.

Council documents say the building would be 52 feet tall. Zoning for that area normally allows a building 45 feet in height.

In November 2021, the City Council approved a zoning change to allow construction of market-rate apartments on the site.

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In December, the council approved more than $5 million in tax increment financing for the project, as well as a $600,000 upfront loan with interest to aid with demolition costs.

Construction is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2023, according to documents tied to the TIF request.

The former hotel was built in 1970 as a hotel and convention center. It has been vacant since 2017. Planning Commission documents indicate the vacant building has been the site of police disturbances in the past, and redevelopment of the building proved challenging for previous owners.

Enclave acquired the property at auction. Demolition at the site began in mid-April, according to Enclave’s Facebook page.

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Enclave Development's 130-unit The Emery at Southmoor apartment building is under construction Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Ninth Street and 30th Avenue South, Moorhead.
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Enclave is also well into a major housing and commercial makeover directly east of the Days Inn site on the opposite side of Eighth Street South.

The developer is building the four-story, 130-unit, $17 million apartment building called The Emery at Southmoor. The project also involves about $6.5 million in remodeling of the 1970s-era Southmoor Plaza strip mall into Southmoor Square.

Forty percent of The Emery’s apartments are supposed to be for low-income residents. The complex will include a golf simulator, club room, pet spa, and yoga and fitness studios.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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