MOORHEAD – Additional height was approved for a new four-story apartment building in South Moorhead near Interstate 94 and West of Eighth Street by Moorhead City Council on Monday evening May 8.
Already the walls have fallen at the long-vacant Moorhead Days Inn and former Courtney’s Comedy Club to make way for the 204-unit apartment complex. It will be 52 feet at its highest point, which was above the 45-foot limit in city zoning.
Council member Deb White said she was happy to see enclave companies based in West Fargo working with neighbors to address concerns, including a church just north.
Landscaping is planned for the land adjacent to the two structures to “activate the area,” Enclave’s Brian Bochman told the Forum after the meeting.
Bochman added that in “trying to be a good neighbor,” they also added sidewalks around the new structure as a show of goodwill.
He said neighbors commented that it “already looked better” with the old vacant building collapsing.
He also told the Forum after the meeting that the project, called Compass Apartments, will cost about $32.4 million on the site at 600 30th Ave. S.
Enclave is also revitalizing another nearby area east of Eighth Street with a new apartment building and reviving an old mall next door.
Construction of the Compass Apartments is expected to be completed by December 31, 2023, according to documents linked to a tax increment funding district that is being used to help fund the project.
The former hotel was built in 1970 as a convention center and has been vacant since 2017. Planning Commission documents indicate that the vacant building has been the scene of police disturbances in the past, and redevelopment of the building s proved difficult for the previous owners.
Enclave acquired the property at auction. Demolition at the site began in mid-April, and Bochman said they would begin construction of the new building in June.