Collins and Main opens again for development
By Brian L. Gray
Some key property in downtown Mandan is one again available.
The city-owned lots on the northeast corner of Collins Avenue and Main Street is being offered through a request for proposals. The RFP process will go into effect for 45 days, with the deadline set for Nov. 9.
The city is seeking buyers interested in construction of a commercial or mixed commercial and residential building on cleared land at the corner of Main Street and Collins Avenue.
The site is approximately a quarter of a city block in size with dimensions of 125 feet by 130 feet totaling 16,250 square feet. The Mandan City Commission is interested in proposals for the Collins and Main property that provide retail and services for the community’s residents, businesses and visitors; that increase the city’s commercial tax base; and that offer employment opportunities for area residents.
The property at Collins and Main has gone through the RFP process before. In 2008, the city placed the lots for sale, and the highest bidder went to Hopfauf Custom Builders. The company had plans to restore the area back to its former glory, by constructing a series of building reminiscent of the Mandan Hotel, which was previously located in that area. The purchase could not be closed at that time due to a lack of funding.
Since then the property, which is located at 100, 104 and 108 E. Main Street, was represented by Oaktree Realty. The agreement with the realtor expired in February, and the city chose not to renew it.
Mandan Business Development Director Ellen Huber told the Mandan City Commission during its meeting on Sept. 18 that the city was approached by an entity that was interested in making an offer for the property.
Huber said criteria for evaluating proposals include the proposed purchase price, intended uses, immediacy of the development schedule, amount of investment and the scope of the building project, developer experience and relationships with or commitments from retail, restaurant or other commercial tenants. Entities submitting proposals may be invited to present concepts and participate in an interview at a meeting of the city commission, she said.
A complete copy of the RFP, including detailed submittal requirements and the timeline for the selection process, is available at cityofmandan.com or the Business Development Office at Mandan City Hall, 205 Second Ave. N.W. For more information, call 667-3485.