The Mandan Growth Fund Committee on Friday recommended that a former residence across from the Moose Lodge benefit from $29,732 in a forgivable loan through the city’s storefront improvement incentive program.
Andra Miller wants to convert the building at 106 11th Ave. N.E. into two office spaces for her businesses, M3 Design and the North Dakota Real Estate Brokers. Miller will be investing $120,000 in improvements in the building. Of that, $59,465 will be in upgrading the building’s facade.
An automatic sliding door is required for the building under city ordinance because the project is benefiting from public funds.
Final approval of the incentive funding is up to the Mandan City Commission.
The Growth Fund members also recommended that Jeremy Bauer, an account manager for Coca Cola, and Curtis Patzell, who has 32 years of retail experience, including 23 years as a store manager for Wal-Mart in Bismarck, be appointed as its two newest members.
“These are interesting times in Mandan and I wanted to be a part of it,” Bauer said. When asked about Wal-Mart’s tax incentives, he said, “I would have liked to see something here that Bismarck didn’t have.”
Patzell said he is interested in doing things for Mandan and giving back to the community. “I think it is important to have some kind of vehicle that is able to generate sales tax dollars, but also jobs. I think there has to be a strong base and Wal-Mart provides that,” he said.
Other applicants include former Devils Lake Mayor Fred Bott and Matt Engel, who has a background in education. City Administrator Jim Neubauer said he was unable to reach Bott and Engel to appear before the committee on Friday. The Mandan City Commission will make the final decision on who is appointed.
The Growth Fund Committee re-elected Tim Spilman as chairman and Mark Weide as its vice chairman.