Goldmark tenants still without garages months after arson fire

One tenant said he had to fight the company to reduce the monthly rent, but that was washed out by a rent increase.

This garage was recently deep-cleaned to remove the fire damage, but four stalls still need to be rebuilt.
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FARGO — A Fargo family says they're being left out in the cold by their property management company.

"I still don't have a garage, and it's winter now," Matt Guthrie said.

Guthrie's unit is one of four at the Sugar Plum Square apartments, 1517 34th St. S., to lose their garage stall to an arson fire back in July. The Fargo Police Department is still searching for the arsonist.

"We lost a lot of stuff. When insurance got into it, it was probably around $4,500," Guthrie said.

More than four months later, Guthrie and the other residents still don't have a garage.


"(It's) definitely like a cat and mouse game trying to find a spot to park," he said.

The only parking option for the family of four is wherever they can find a spot along the street in the apartment-dense neighborhood. Guthrie points out street parking is restricted now that winter is here.

"I have two kids that I have to take out onto that street over there and put them into a vehicle when I could easily have a garage here and put them in the vehicle inside my garage," Guthrie said.

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Adding insult to injury, Guthrie says he was charged full rent each month despite not having a garage. He says GOLDMARK, who owns the property, decided to cut his family a $50 break in November after numerous complaints. However, that went a long with a $40 increase in rent.

"I don't really think 50 bucks is enough, considering they upped the price on the rent," he said.

Guthrie said getting answers to when the garages will be rebuilt has been impossible. They were deep-cleaned in early November. He said building materials have been laying in the parking lot since October.

"We were told the garage would be done before winter falls. It's winter now, and we still don't have a garage," Guthrie said, adding he wanted to speak out publicly, hoping the job finally gets done, but he thinks that's still highly unlikely.

"They are just full of empty promises," he said.


GOLDMARK and Prairiewood Meadows, who manages the building, did not respond to a request for comment.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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