Junior high apartment project hits a snag

2014-07-10T06:00:00Z Junior high apartment project hits a snagBy LEANN ECKROTH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

A project to renovate the former Mandan Junior High School building at 406 Fourth St. N.W. into an apartment complex has been put on hold, according to the Mandan city website.

The Mandan Public School District sold the building in August 2012 to GPA, LLC, led by Jordan Schuetzle of Yegen Development, Grand Forks. The company planned to invest approximately $6 million to convert the buildings into Great Plains Apartments, a 62-unit mixed income development.

Yegen Development has shelved the project after construction bids came in at $7.5 million. Without enough investment to cover the higher bids, the project could not continue. The deadline for North Dakota Housing Incentive funds expired in late 2013 to receive $584,192 awarded to allow affordable housing in the project.

Schuetzle is now exploring other potential partnerships and funding options for rehab of the building, including federal tax credits for low income housing, according to the city website. It says Schuetzle no longer feels a full conversion of the school is feasible. He might tear down the non-historical buildings of the junior high site and secure the historic buildings for future conversion, he said.

Schuetzle is seeking proposals of interest in the property for housing or other uses, the website said.

He can be contacted at Yegen Development Corp., 701-203-3010 or jordan@yegendevelopment.com.

Water meters

The Bismarck Ctiy Commission approved a $4.28 million contract with Itron Inc. on Tuesday to replace the water meter reading and software system in the city.

Work on the project will begin in August and September.

Keith Demke, director of service operations for the city, said three-fourths of the city's water reading system will be replaced because it is obsolete or does not function as it should. He said the project will involve 15,000 households and businesses. Meters will be replaced if the systems are 15 years old or older, Demke said.

More information will be provided to residents in the coming weeks to explain how to make appointments so the work can be done.

Fringe area road plan

The Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold two informational meetings about the Fringe Area Road Master Plan next week. There will be a meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the former library room of the Mandan City Hall. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m.

The second meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bismarck Public Works Building. The presentation portion of the meeting will be held at 6 p.m.

The purpose of the study is to identify arterial and collector roadway alignments needed to support development in future growth areas outside Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln.

Residents are asked review corridor alignments proposed in the study and give comments about the study.

Reach LeAnn Eckroth at 701-250-8264 orĀ leann.eckroth@bismarcktribune.com.

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