Demolition of South Moorhead Days Inn and Courtney’s Comedy Club to make way for Compass Apartments – InForum

MOORHEAD – The walls of the long-vacant Moorhead Days Inn and former Courtney’s Comedy Club are crumbling 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 multi-family project.

An application for a conditional use permit to exceed the maximum height requirement for the site is presented to City Council on Monday, May 9.

Council documents indicate that the building would be 52 feet tall. The zoning of this area normally allows for a building 45 feet in height.

In November 2021, the city council approved a zoning change to allow market-priced apartments to be built on the site.

In December, the board approved more than $5 million in additional funding for the project, as well as an initial loan of $600,000 with interest to help with demolition costs.

Construction is expected to be completed by December 31, 2023, according to documents related to the TIF application.

The old hotel was built in 1970 as a hotel and convention center. It 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 has proven difficult for the previous owners.

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

Enclave Development’s 130-unit building, The Emery at Southmoor, is under construction on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Ninth Street and 30th Avenue South, Moorhead.

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Enclave is also undergoing a housing and retail makeover directly east of the Days Inn site, across Eighth Street South.

The developer is constructing the $17 million four-story, 130-unit apartment building called The Emery at Southmoor. The project also involves around $6.5 million for the remodeling of the 1970s Southmoor Plaza shopping center into Southmoor Square.

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

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