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The View On University Apartments is in Full Swing

As you may have heard, The View  On University apartment project is in full construction mode by Roers and now exciting details are ready to be shared with the public.  We are thrilled to be able to share the initial internal vision of The View and introduce you to the designer helping bring the vision to life. 

The Building 

The View  On University  project is an 81unit complex located along University in North Fargo. The apartment building is design for residents who want to be close to the action on campus but can escape from their busy life with the warm and welcoming amenities when they are home.  

Opening summer of 2021, the building will be all inclusive rent, engaging amenities, and quality security and safety.  The View On University provides desired amenities, all-inclusive rent, and a very convenient location.  

The Design  

When creating a vision for the entire project our goal is to develop a building that has a welcoming feeling where residents want to engage with friends and their pets.  

In this post, we want to bring back one of our favorite Interior Designer, Christen Anderson, from Christen Joy. Christen has been the lead designer on multiple projects for us and we love working with her. To learn even more about her read our introduction blog.

Christen has been tasked to lead the look and feel for The View units and common area spaces and we are ecstatic with what we have come up with. 

‘Having the opportunity to partner with Roers on another apartment complex brings me great joy. They’re always up-leveling what they offer their residents which in turn allows me to continue to evolve with my designs. I look forward to sharing fresh, new concepts that will be a perfect fit for those enjoying the spaces within The View on University,” commented Christen. 

When we say all-inclusive, we mean it! State of the art technology, fitness room, The Bark Club (Yes – a dog spa!), Level Up gaming room, seven study rooms, bike racks, are just a few of the items will be at your disposal when you live at The View.

What is Next 

Coming up next, Christen will share  how she came up with the overall look and feel, as well as, share mood boards and visuals, stay tuned! 

The  View website  will be updated frequently, so make sure to keep checking back for floor plans, amenity details, construction updates and much more.  

Leasing updates are also available attheviewonuniversity.comor call our leasing team at 701-356-RENT for more information on how to lease today! 

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Roers Safety Manager Receives Certification

Congratulations to Andrew St John, Roers Safety Manager!

Andrew St John, Roers Safety Manager, has completed all requirements for a Board Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) certification. This highly respected certification of a Construction Health & Safety Technician (CHST) is awarded by BCSP to individuals who meet eligibility and experience criteria in the safety, health and environment discipline and have passed a rigorous examination. Certificants must also recertify every five years to maintain certification, ensuring they remain knowledgeable in their practice.

Andrew joined Roers in 2017 with a safety background in general industry. “Switching to construction safety was a challenge so I set out to learn all I could, this path led me to the CHST certification. The CHST certification is the first step toward a goal I set in the beginning of my career at Roers.  Achieving this certification aligns with the core values of Roers, Opportunity, Respect, Expertise Experience, Community and Partnership. The CHST is an acknowledgment of Roers commitment to the Safety of all our employees,” commented St John.

Safety issues have become more complex and today’s safety professional must continually be better qualified. BCSP credential holders are among the most highly trained, educated and experiences individuals in the safety field. Earning the BCSP certification shows that Andrew has mastered the core competency required for professional safety practice.

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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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Turnover 2020: Covid Style

August is a busy month for Roers Property Management. It’s when our team gears up for hundreds of move-outs and move-ins… all within a few days. We call it Turnover!

Our Turnover looked and functioned a little different this year. Due to the pandemic, we had to make some tweaks and adjustments to how we usually operate.

Nonetheless, it was just as successful, just as crazy, and just as fun for our team!

2020 TURNS

During this year’s Turnover, our team did a total of 449 turns! That is a lot of moving out and moving in. Keep in mind, this is across all of our North Side Properties, including our newest addition, U32 Phase II, which opened in August of 2019. 

The RPM Team spends months planning and scheduling every move-out, maintenance visit, painter appointment, cleaning session, and move-in for every unit being turned.

We are so proud of all the hard work done during this time.

VIP CHECKOUT

This year was the first year we were able to execute our VIP Checkout Experience! Moving out is never fun, so we had the thought to alleviate the stress for our residents and take care of everything that needs to be done for a checkout through the VIP Checkout Experience.

A COVID TURNOVER

Like we mentioned, we had to make some major changes to how we’re used to doing our typical Turnover. We made sure each and every team member were wearing masks throughout the entire day, we switched to contactless move-outs and move-ins, and we became best friends with sanitizer.

We unfortunately could no longer hold an in-person orientation, which is when we show a short video going through the

residents’ lease and basically providing them all the information they need before they officially move in. However, we were able to send our Orientation Video out via email – and we even included a secret code word at the end for our residents to text to be entered to win free pizza for a year! Check out our lucky winner, Claire at SGC!

All in all, it was a great month for our team and our properties. Thank you to everyone who helped out and thank you to our awesome residents for renting with Roers!

Check out the video we put together of Turnover 2020 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKr8bhqL

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Introducing Anne Kallhoff to Roers Real Estate

Introducing Anne Kallhoff

Roers is proud to announce and welcome Anne Kallhoff as a Real Estate Agent.  Anne will be leading the Roers Real Estate Team for both commercial and residential properties. With nearly 15 years of experience in real estate, she has grown to be a leader in the industry in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Anne’s drive and passion to find buyers and sellers the property they desire has developed strong relationships with clients.

Anne stays busy outside of work volunteering with the Moorhead Youth Hockey Association, Good Shepard Church and various United Way of Cass-Clay programs. You can also find her often watching her three kids playing hockey.

Roers Real Estate

Roers Real Estate has over 40 years of combined experience with the entire team. In addition to our expertise,  clients can count on us for our reliability, relationship building and excellent communication..  Between residential and commercial  our team can find the perfect property.  For commercial clients, Roers Real Estate can either help you purchase or lease a property. Anne and the team can assist residential clients on first time homes to that perfect retirement home.

For more information about Roers Real Estate or to view available properties, please visit our Real Estate page online

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Go & Explore The Western Edge

From nature and recreation to history and family fun, Dickinson and the surrounding areas have it covered!  
Explore Nature

If you are interested in hiking, trailing and sight seeing, the Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park are a must. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park located near Medora, ND is open year-round with campgrounds available and dining nearby. The hiking trails will take you to another world where you can expect to see wildlife and natures beautiful garden. 

For a more relaxed approach, wildlife viewing is available from the comfort of your own vehicle. A wide variety of animals such as bison, mule and white-tailed deer, elk, longhorns, horses, prairie dogs, birds and snakes are exciting to see while in their natural habitat.  

Golf & More

The Heart River Golf Course located near Patterson Lake in Dickinson is a great way to get out with family or friends and enjoy the outdoors! With an 18-hole, 72 par layout and Lake Patterson as the view, you cannot go wrong! If golfing isn’t for you, you can still stop in for a delicious meal and a refreshing drink! 

Walk Through History with Dinosaurs

With triceratops skulls on display, fossils of bones and teeth, eggs and baby dinosaurs and hands-on science exhibits, Dickinson’s Badlands Dinosaur Museum is a place to explore and imagine. Exhibits offer background and research as well as the exploration process. Open year-round, Badlands Dinosaur Museum is open to seniors, adults and children. Want to take the whole family? Great news, groups of 10 or more may receive a discounted rate. 

Rest & Relaxation

Lake Sakakawea covering a wide area of north western and central North Dakota is a great day or weekend trip for fun with the whole family. With miles of shoreline there is opportunity to sun bathe, rock hunt, swim in the lake, shore fish and just explore! 

Take your boat, kayak or canoe and you’re able to explore the waves and find a fishing hole just right for you. Walleye, northern pike, catfish, bass and perch are just a few of the many fish you can expect to hook onto. At the end of the evening, pitch a tent, start a bonfire and cook up the catch of the day while you enjoy some rest and relaxation in nature.

Obviously, there are still social distancing measures which need to be practiced. Before taking off on your adventures around Dickinson, please visit the Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau for current travel updates. https://www.visitdickinson.com/.

Roers is proud to be a part of the Dickinson community. We have an office, construction crews, manage properties and raise families there. Dickinson and the surrounding areas are filled with sights to see, places to go and people to see – get out there and explore and enjoy all the fun family options nearby!

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A Day in the Life of a Property Ambassador

Being a Property Ambassador is no easy job, however it can be so rewarding each and every day. Some of the best times are knowing you have helped someone find their new home where they are going to grow as a family, in their professional life, or finish a degree.

There is no day that is the same in the life of a Property Ambassador. Everyday they are the go-to person for handling phone calls with prospect tenants and ensuring they receive all information about the property prior to making a decision.  They  give tours, both in person or virtual and are available for open houses.

Property Ambassadors are the go-to person for current residents. Sometimes they are there for residents when they just want to talk. You’ll find them at resident events as well getting to know residents and making sure they feel at home.

When Property Ambassadors were asked about a few favorite things about their job, the most common response was the connections made. Every time, if it is talking to a current resident or a prospective resident they are making a connection with them, getting to know them or just a listening ear to hear their story.  

Another highlight mentioned by Property Ambassadors is that moment where you look at the prospective tenant who just signed a lease for their new home and they have the biggest smile across their face. It is a wonderful feeling helping a resident complete a big step in their life if it is from their first apartment on their own, or just being able to give them a new home.

The Property Ambassadors at Roers are friendly , provide premier service and want what is best for residents and future residents. They look forward each day to help people out in one way or another. 

  

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D.I.Y. Tips for Apartment Living

With all of the social distancing regulations and being stuck in your apartment, what better time than now to redecorate your unit at a low cost! You can order things online or find things to use you already have since you can’t venture out right. 

Here are a few ideas that are relatively cheap and will easily spruce up your apartment: 

  • Add some flowers to a colorful vase to brighten up your space. 
  • Decorate your unit with succulents of all different sizes and shapes.
  • Buy some plain white canvas and paint. It is a great stress reliever and can easily be used as wall art when you’re finished.
  • Find a new colorful rug, it will brighten up your space and transform your living room!
  • Add decorative storage basketsThey make for an easy decoration and help keep your space tidy.
  • Switch up your throw blankets and throw pillows – a change of color can do magic!
  • Add some fairy lights to your bedroom to make your room look more cozy.
  • Change out your photos in your pictures frames and replace them with your new favorites.
  • Use thick washi tape –  It is super cheap and comes in all different colors and patterns. It easily goes on the wall and peels off with no wall damage. It’s a great way to add color and patterns without having to paint or use wallpaper.
  • Large wooden letters – spray paint a fun color like gold or silver –> looks expensive but a super cheap and easy DIY project.
  • Add art prints to your walls. Society 6 is a great site to check out that is super easy to order and inexpensive. Then you can buy an inexpensive frame or paint one that you already have. This is a super easy way to change up your space!
  • Color coordinate your closet to make it look more organized. Go through your closet and make a donation pile for anything you no longer want or need.
  • Find an inexpensive wooden ladder and paint it, then stack your favorite blankets on it. This adds cute décor while keeping all of your blankets folded and organized. 

Hopefully these ideas make you want to redecorate your space and occupy your time with some fun Do It Yourself projects!  

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Be on the Watch for Covid Scams

There are many warnings out that scammers are out in full force taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that Americans have lost almost $13 million in COVID-19 related scams so far. Unfortunately that number will likely increase. 

Some important tips to be sure to follow during this time:

  • Watch for phishing emails or websites asking for personal or financial information.
  • Ask questions if you receive a suspicious phone call
  • When dealing with stimulus checks, be sure to only communicate with the IRS if needed. Nothing needs to be done on your end so be sure to not sign up for anything.

For more information on the current scams, please visit https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts. To report a scam, visit ftc.gov/complaint

Here is a helpful document with other tips and scam information to protect yourself from some known scams.

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Call 211 For Help

In this unique situation, the needs that individuals and families have are growing. We know there are members of our community that need immediate help and are not sure who to call or where to find help. For those looking for resources and help for access to food, assistance with paying rent or utility bills, mental health support, or referrals to other services, there is help. Call 2-1-1. This is a free, confidential service available to all Minnesota and North Dakota residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By Dialing “211” it will provide individuals and families in need a way to find assistance and be connected to the appropriate agencies and community partners.

We encourage you if you know some that needs help finding food, paying bills, or other essential services, please Dial 211.

To find more information out about 211 and what help is provided please check out http://211.org/services/covid19.