Mandan News

Incentives approved for office space conversion

By Dustin White
Editor Mandan News

Andra Miller had proposed to convert the single family home at 106 11th Ave. N.E. in Mandan to a commercial property, where she will relocate her two businesses from Bismarck. The property is located in the central business zone, which allows for both commercial and residential buildings.

This was of possible concern to the Mandan City Commission as there was worry that the property could revert back to residential. The planned improvements approved by the commission on Tuesday relieved this concern.

This former residence, across from the Mandan Moose, was recommended by the Mandan Growth Fund Committee to benefit from $30,000 in a forgivable loan. This loan would be through the city’s storefront improvement incentive program. It was also recommended that the property be considered for a Renaissance Zone rehabilitation project. The commission approved both recommendations.

Miller plans to invest $119,000 in improvements to the building, with nearly half going to upgrade the facade. Because the building would be benefiting from public funds, city ordinances require that the improvements include an automatic sliding door.

The improvements would include the demolition of a shed and detached garage on the site. However, Miller, who owns M3 Home Designs and ND Real Estate Brokers, does plan to maintain the building’s residential look. She said that since her work consists of home design, it is best to keep the look of the building as a house.

Request for land sale denied

The city commission turned down an offer for city-owned land at 211 W. Main St. the location of Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Lisa’s Gluten Free store. John Saylor, the owner of Papa Murphy’s, had requested the land be put up for public sale.

The commission’s decision to deny the request was for difficulties the sale would cause. City Administrator Jim Neubauer said that the city would need to keep an easement near the property for the next three to five years in order to maintain its diesel spill recovery.

At the current time, the commission did not see a compelling reason to sell the land, and chose to wait to possibly sell until the remediation lines could be removed in the next three to five years.