Grand Forks City Council Discusses Memorial Village Development Project on UND – Grand Forks Herald


GRAND FORKS — A discussion of the proposed Memorial Village development, which will replace the existing UND Memorial Stadium, took place during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

Plans for the development project have been in talks since 2020, when council members approved Memorial Village’s tax incentive pre-application. Although the property is not currently taxable – since it is UND or public property – the public-private partnership between the UND, the city/park district, the Grand Forks School District and the Grand Forks County means the development would become taxable.

The project’s construction cost in 2020 was initially estimated at $31.5 million, although the total construction cost is now estimated at $40 million. Steve Burian, one of the private development partners, said the higher rate is due to inflation.

In late 2020, the Memorial Village project received general consensus to move forward by the Local Government Advisory Committee. In February 2021, City Council approved a 20-year 90% property tax exemption as a PILOT, or payment in lieu of taxes.

The concept of the project is to increase the number of enrollments at the UND; support the athletic, academic, and business roles of the university and athletic department; and strengthen the community partnership between the UND and the city.

The scope of the project includes a five-storey building with underground parking. The first floor will house the UND Athletics Department with a Hawkway connection to the existing and future expanded UND Pollard High Performance Center. Part of the second floor will house the coaches’ offices, cinema rooms and meeting rooms. Floors two through five will feature 99 market-rent residential apartments with 25 one-bedroom units, 58 two-bedroom units and 16 four-bedroom units.

Council member Bret Weber expressed his concerns about the loss of the campus pool at Monday’s meeting and how it will affect the community.

The Grand Forks Parks District recently hired BerryDunn/GreenPlay to evaluate the possibility of an indoor turf facility with an aquatics center that would have a competitive swim and dive pool, lap pool and dive pool. other characteristics.

Despite his worries about the loss of the pool, Weber still thinks the Memorial Village redevelopment is a “fantastically wonderful project.”

Board members will discuss the development agreement in more detail at the next board meeting.

In other council news Monday:

  • Board members approved a study with UND in the amount of $271,137 to continue research into concentrate line scaling, potential clogging and study of prevention methods with the wastewater treatment plant of Grand Forks. The first phase of the study, which cost $76,000, was completed last year. The total cost would be spread over a two-year period.
  • The committee approved the proposal for the Director of Risky Construction Selection Committee and the publicity of CMAR’s proposals for improvements to the sewage treatment facility. The selection committee will consist of City Administrator Todd Feland; Dennis Trupka, architect at Black & Veatch; Wayne Gerszewski, Senior PE Project Manager at AE2S; and Dave Kvidt or Adam Sinks, who are mechanical contractors at Lunseth Plumbing & Heating. The use of the CMAR project delivery for the improvements project was approved by the board in March.

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