New hotel coming to Mandan
By Brian L. Gray
The first hotel to be built in Mandan in nearly 30 years has been approved for a tax break.
An 86-unit Comfort Inn Hotel has been accepted for a tiered five-year tax exemption from the Mandan City Commission on Nov. 6. The hotel will be built in northwest Mandan, located directly west of the Mandan Middle School, at 2801 Sunset Dr. N.W.
This will be the first hotel built in this town since 1983. The last hotel to be built was The Stonewood, which was constructed in 1983. The hotel today is now known as The Ridge, and is located across the street from Seven Seas, Mandan’s second hotel.
The Comfort Inn project will cost roughly $8.4 million for its construction, and will be built on 2.5 acres.
The land was purchased by the development team of Don McGuire, John Schultz, Joel Feist and Dave Reis, who purchased 18.78 acres of land from the city. The developers are also looking to add a restaurant and commercial business for its remaining 15 acres. There are no plans to have a bar or restaurant in the Comfort Inn hotel.
The exemptions will be a full tax break for the first two years, 75 percent for the third year, 50 percent in year four and 25 percent in year five. A full year’s tax break is expected to amount to $169,000.
In 2014, the hotel’s first full year of operation, it plans to hire 17 full-time employees and six at part-time. Four years after that it intends to hire 20 full-time and 10 part-time.
Another tax break has been approved by the Mandan Growth Fund Committee for an office and shop project at 2928 37th St. The shop will belong to the Winbauer Koch Partnership, who hope to receive a tiered tax exemption. This project will be brought forward to the city commission for a final approval.