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Nome Schoolhouse: Renovation Brings More Than Learning Back to the School

The Nome Schoolhouse in Nome, North Dakota is currently being renovated by two local business owners with a dream.  They saw the schoolhouse as the perfect opportunity to combine their businesses, educate others on their business lines and provide a building for the community to use for education, events and socializing.

Who is Behind the Renovation

Chris Ambrust and Teresa Perleberg are North Dakota business owners in a unique industry. Their story is interesting on how together their businesses could build great things.

Chris is the owner, Dakota Fiber Mill, the only full-service fiber processing mill in the Dakotas. Dakota Fiber Mill processes raw fiber (wool, alpaca, bison, goat etc) into yarn and roving. Teresa Perleberg is the owner of Bear Creek Felting. Teresa is a master in the art of needle felting. She has an online academy which offers members access to online tutorial courses instructing how to needle felt various pieces of art. She also raises a large herd of sheep for the wool to use in her kits and supplies which she sells online as well. 

Chris has been processing the wool for Teresa for over 10 years. Over that time, they became friends and two years ago collaborated on a wool needle felting cushion. The demand was extremely high and in the spring of 2018 a lightbulb went off for the business partners. Chris had an extra acreage not being used and her mill was busting at the seams. She knew she needed to expand her current building or build new. At that point Teresa’s daughter had just returned from college seeking to become a chef and open a catering business. That is when the lightbulb turned on! The idea was to build a facility that would house not only the mill but guest rooms, classrooms and event space as well as food and beverage. Teresa was on board and Hence Shepard Industries was born.

Renovation Inspiration

The idea of building new was tossed around but both Chris and Teresa love old buildings which brought them to the idea of renovating one of the forgotten and deteriorating schoolhouses in the area. They “schoolshopped” and fell in love with the Nome Schoolhouse! It was decommissioned fully in 1970, purchased and used mainly for storage. For the past 10 years however, it has been sitting empty.

The business partners prayed for guidance and support. They found out the budget they had originally planned on was much lower than what it was going to take to make their dream a reality. “We became very anxious on the cost, as we were trying to demo all the debris and rotted areas and coordinating engineers ourselves, not having a clue on all the engineering it was going to take before rebuilding started. So many people told us we were crazy and will never be able to finish the project and that we were in way over our heads. All these comments just fueled our fire of determination,” Chris stated.

In the Spring of 2019, the decision to continue or back out had to be made. “We ‘threw out our fleece’, so to say, in the form of a kick starter campaign which is similar to a Go Fund Me campaign but for start-up businesses. You come up with an amount you are going for and if you meet that goal you get the funds, if you don’t meet the goal you do not,” Chris explained. The campaign earned more than they had anticipated. In addition, a successful Nome Alumni helped cosign the loan. The project was moving forward!

Renovation on Phase 1

As they quickly discovered, Chris and Teresa needed help coordinating the renovations. They hired Roers as the Construction Management company for the project. “We have been so pleased with everyone at Roers!  It was such a relief to have them take over everything. A big relief as well was how the superintendent on site is handling the actual demo and rebuild. We are saving as much of everything in the school as we can and the crew has been amazing at going out of their way to save wood, doors, molding, etc.  We believe they have grown to love the school as much as we do. We couldn’t imagine having a better team onboard with us,” Chris remarked.

Phase one, the gymnasium is now complete. Wood salvaged from an area of the school that had collapsed and needed to be demoed is being used for a bar, shelving and covering support beams. The fire escape steps are being used to access a mezzanine added above the bar, catering kitchen and restroom area which were built.

Phase 2 Making Progress

Phase 2 of the renovation will include the rebuild of the back area of the school. The area will be expanded and include renovations of the existing classrooms and the addition of the guest rooms.

The Roers crew completed the footings of the addition, with walls to follow. The goal of Phase 2 is for the front of the school to mimic the original front of the building. As you enter the school from the front and walk up the stairs, holding the gorgeous wood railing that so many students have done so before, and step into the main hall, it will look exactly like it did in 1916 with classrooms to the left and right. You will not see the large addition behind the school to the east. “We cannot wait to hear the memories that will flood the minds of those past students,” commented Chris. 

What the Future Entails

The gym currently houses fiber arts classes as well as the offices for Hence Shepard Industries. Small events are being held and regular open hours for food and beverage to be enjoyed. 

The completed schoolhouse will house several entities. The schoolhouse itself is a 501c3 non-profit. Hence Shepard Industries will rent space from the school. The old barn, just steps from the back of the school, will house an education herd of fiber animals. A variety of sheep, alpacas, llamas, camel, goats, rabbits and more will be onsite for groups to be able to view and be educated on where natural fibers come from.  Visitors will be able to view the fiber from the goats which create cashmere sweaters. The sweaters can be purchased at Macy’s. The bottom floor of the addition houses the processing mill and packaging area for the products made onsite. 

The facilities will offer a variety of classes on fiber arts and crafts, as well as all-inclusive retreats, scrapbooking and wellness events, among others.  The event center will be used for conferences, weddings, reunions and so much more. Each of the 13 guest rooms will have a unique décor with private bath. The guests will be treated to amazing food utilizing local produce, farm fresh eggs and grass-fed beef from the Perleberg Ranch, fresh roasted coffee from Valley City and other local delicacies! An onsite retail store will be open daily with tours provided. 

The businesses partners have been humbled to have alumni return and tell their memories and stories of their years at the school. The Nome school was influential with teaching students in the past. Now all who visit the renovated school will have the opportunity to learn something new. The future is bright for the Nome Schoolhouse!

Follow the story of this historic building at https://nomeschoolhouse.com/. More construction updates continue to be updated on roers.com.

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Cape at Savona Point Welcomes First Residents

The first residents have officially moved in to their new home at the Cape at Savona Apartments. The Cape of Savona offers luxury living and close to everything in Cape Coral.

The pool area is our main outdoor hub which ties many other amenities into that area.  There is an outdoor grilling area and covered kitchen area that make it easy to grill on a Saturday afternoon while enjoying the pool.  There is a Tiki hut in the pool area with bathrooms, TVs, and a mini bar.  The walking trail comes right by the pool area and branches off into mini picnic areas with grills, playgrounds, pickle ball court, basketball court and dog parks.  

To see the property for yourself visit capeatsavonapoint.com.  For those that sign a lease in May or  June, they will receive one month of rent free! 

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Property Highlight – Prairie Winds

Prairie Winds Apartments are located on the west side of Dickinson in West Ridge Development. This area is the perfect mix of single-family homes and apartment communities with businesses right in your backyard. If you’re looking for convenience, there’s no need to look any further.

Built in 2014, the Prairie Winds community, boasts 36 units between two three-story buildings located on the property, allowing the community the opportunity to remain small and connected. Each building offers one, two and three bedroom apartment homes, with garages included in the monthly payment for most. Prairie Winds Apartments is smoke-free and has controlled access doors and security cameras for your convenience and to promote safety within the complex. A playground is tucked over on the east side of Prairie Winds I for residents and guests to be outside and enjoy the beautiful neighborhood.

Professionally managed by Roers Property Management-Residential, managers who take pride in fostering community by hosting events throughout the year for residents to come together to connect with their neighbors. Prairie Winds residents will have opportunities throughout the year to engage with residents of our sister property, West Ridge Apartments. Events are often hosted throughout the year strive to appeal to residents of all ages including a spring community garage sale, summer grill out, grab-and-go breakfasts, a holiday feast and cookies with Santa.

Prairie Winds is delighted to offer essential service workers within our community reduced pricing through the North Dakota Finance Agency’s Housing Incentive Funds program. Essential service workers will be able to work with a Roers Property Management-Residential team member to complete documents required by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency to determine their eligibility to qualify for the lower rates. We take pride in the fact that we can say ‘thank you’ to the very people who make the city of Dickinson an incredible place to call home.

Whether you’re moving across town, across the state, country or world, Prairie Winds Apartments is an incredible place to call home. For more information about Prairie Winds Apartment, please visit roers.com/residential-property/prairie-winds-apartments/

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Sheyenne Senior Housing Is Moving Ground

Ground is being moved at the Sheyenne Senior Housing project in West Fargo. The crew has completed excavating the first buildings footprint. The concrete subcontractor is starting the forming of footings and foundation walls. After footings and foundations are finished, masonry start with CMU (concrete masonry unit) walls of the first building. Demolition on the second building footprint continues. Excavating will start at the end of the week of April 20.

The  Sheyenne Senior Housing in West Fargo will include two new 4-story Senior Housing Buildings called “The Monterey” and “The Bridges” along with Housing Authority of Cass County offices.  The Monterey Apartments will consist of 42 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom units as well as the Housing Authority of Cass County offices. 

A unique aspect of this project is that it began with tearing down 22 low income houses. The new housing facility being constructed is a 136,000 square foot facility which will serve as housing for for low income seniors.

For more information on this project, please continue to visit the Sheyenne Senior Housing project page.

 

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Cape At Savona Still on Track

The Cape at Savona Point in Florida is still moving forward with construction. We visited with Matt Nygard, Project Manager with Roers Development, to get an update on the project during this unique time.

How is leasing currently being done?

All leasing is being conducted virtually.  When we receive leads, we respond to each lead with a phone call to identify specific needs and wants. Then we email them a digital brochure and schedule a time for a virtual tour. We can provide a Facetime tour if the prospect has capability or videos delivered via email. 

What safety precautions are being done at the construction site?

CDC guidelines are being followed at the site. In addition, there are multiple hand washing stations and facilities are being thoroughly cleaned multiple times a day. All trades are required to wear masks and rubber gloves 100% of the time while on site.  Anyone working together must stay 6 feet apart at all times.   

Have the construction completion dates been adjusted?

We are still on track for our original target date for move in by May 1, 2020. The Clubhouse and Building One are the first two buildings that will be completed.

For more information about Cape at Savona Point or to contact us for a virtual tour, please visit www.capeatsavonapoint.com.

 

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Creating Partnerships is Key to Florida Project Staying on Task

The Roers Development team is extremely pleased with the progress of the Cape at Savona Point project. The construction crew is ahead of schedule! The goal is to have the first 40-plex completed in late Spring 2020. The construction process has been flawless.  The contractor understands the design build process and is excellent at value engineering. Developing strong partnerships has been key to this project running smoothly.

Matt Nygard, Project Manager with Roers Development, had this to say about working on a project over 1,900 miles away – “You realize how valuable “time”  and “trust” are.  There is no running down the street to verify something.  When I’m physically in Florida, the site walk through with the superintendent, architect, and project manager is the most important time of my month.   A beneficial strategy we have is a weekly conference call with the previously mentioned professionals.  These calls are important to keep the project moving forward.  If there are items that need a deep dive, we discuss those offline with the appropriate professional to keep the meeting moving forward.  We are learning things a long the way and with our integrated software program, our team of professionals is able to make quick decisions and keep track of them.”

Keep up to date on the progress of this project on roers.com.

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Construction is Officially Underway at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, to commemorate the launch of the construction of the Missouri Slope North Campus. Local city officials including Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken, Brian Ritter, President of Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, Pastor Larry Giese, Missouri Slope’s Board of Directors, proud residents and care givers of Missouri Slope, Roers Companies and Pope Architects team members, along with numerous community members were all in attendance for the event.

Roers Construction and Development teams will work collaboratively with Pope Architects for Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center on the initial phase of the project which will feature the Skilled Nursing Facility and Town Center. “The Roers team is looking forward to starting work on this project for Missouri Slope, the largest and only locally owned and operated non-profit long term care organization in the Bismarck/Mandan community,” commented Larry Nygard, President of Roers Development Inc. Missouri Slope’s current facility which has served the community for 52 years, is imperative to help fill the unmet needs of senior living options in the area.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, our journey to build the most advanced long term care facility in the region begins with the first shovel” says Reier Thompson, President/CEO of Missouri Slope.  Phase I is anticipated to be completed by October 1, 2021. Phase 2 will consist of Base Care including 130 basic nursing beds and Phase 3 will add 60 apartments for Independent Living options.

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Exciting Times for the City of Moorhead

Roers and the City of Moorhead (the “City”) have recently announced their plan to enter into a predevelopment agreement with the option for the City to purchase real estate property with Roers. The partnership will lead to identifying redevelopment opportunities for the existing Moorhead City Hall, located at the 500 block of Center Avenue in Moorhead, and surrounding City-owned property.

The predevelopment agreement provides Roers Real Estate Services to take representation of City-owned property in order to explore potential partnerships, which may lead to a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the City owned property. Roers and the City have entered into a professional services agreement, therefore a public bid for the services was not required. Roers will not be compensated in any manner until a City approved plan is developed.

As part of the joint venture, Roers and the City will focus on a win-win situation for all parties including the Moorhead Center Mall property owners, Downtown Moorhead Inc., residents and business owners of Moorhead. Moorhead Center Mall is privately held, therefore these properties will maintain standard operating. Both the City and Roers recognize these businesses have been vital to keep the mall a destination for the community. Roers will partner with Moorhead Center Mall property owners to identify future opportunities as plans for the City progress. Downtown Moorhead Inc. and the City of Moorhead have begun to embark on a downtown planning effort, which is currently engaging citizens and business owners in creating a vision for Downtown Moorhead. Any project concept Roers would develop for City-owned property will be consistent with the vision of the Downtown Master Plan currently being drafted. “We anticipate this partnership with the City of Moorhead is just the beginning of major growth for the entire Moorhead community. With the excitement the Moorhead residents and business owners have around the plans for revitalization in the downtown sector, there are abundant opportunities for growth. Its an exciting time for the community,” commented Jim Roers, CEO of Roers.

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St Paul Newman Center Ground Breaking

The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the St. Paul Newman Center was held on Monday, June 24. Over 125 people were in attendance to celebrate this momentous occasion as the long awaited project begins. Special guests in attendance included Rev. James Cheney, Newman Center Pastor & Director; Dean Bresciani, NDSU President; Tim Mahoney, Fargo Mayor, Most Rev. John Folda, Bishop of the Fargo Diocese; Jim Roers, CEO of Roers and Larry Nygard, President of Roers Development.

In 1928, the first religious organization of the campus of North Dakota State University was established. The current facility was constructed in 1958, and has grown to serve thousands of students. With the growth of the NDSU campus and the thriving campus ministry of St. Paul’s Newman Center, there is a need to build a new facility to better serve the community. The groundbreaking of the new chapel and the student housing project, to begin at a later date, will serve the campus with the ever growing needs and continue to serve the community in a great capacity.

 

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New Apartment Complex Planned in Cape Coral

Roers Development is working with the city planners in Cape Coral, Florida, to find a solution the city is facing with the lack of multifamily housing. Roers has plans to develop, The Cape at Savona Parkway, a new 320 unit, four-story apartment complex in southwest Cape Coral.

The development is in a prime location just off of Savona Parkway and in close proximity to many schools, making it an excellent location for families. Larry Nygard, Roers Development President, stated, “The development will help broaden the housing options available in Cape Coral, particularly for the working class, and could draw commuter residents from Fort Myers.” In 2017, Forbes named Cape Coral/Fort Myers as the fastest growing cities in America.

The resort-style complex will include one, two and three bedroom apartment homes. The complex will feature a pool area with clubhouse, recreation area with indoor and outdoor kitchen spaces, cabanas, tiki hut, areas for pet exercise, playground, walking trails, pickle ball court and more.

The goal is to have the first set of buildings available for rent in June 2020.