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Commission OKs city tax financing district

A property owner's request to bear the financial burden for site improvements sounded almost too good to be true to West Fargo city commissioners during Monday's meeting.

The city commission unanimously approved The Nordick Group's request for a tax increment financing district on 76 acres of property it owns, located south of 12th Avenue Northeast and west of Ninth Street Northeast in West Fargo.

The approval would mean that the Nordick Group would privately fund all street improvements as needed for its planned expansion, while receiving tax increment exemptions for up to 15 years, dependent upon how long it takes for the tax increments to cover the public improvement costs.

Estimated eligible public costs for development and interest are more than

$2.2 million.

"It's nice that we're not on the hook here," West Fargo city commissioner Mark Simmons said.

The property is located in an industrial zone area, which has been targeted as an urban development area in the city's general plan. Only one lot is substantially developed with Midland Garage Door Manufacturing Company, and industrial business lease space in two other buildings.

The Nordick Group plans to expand existing facilities and construct new ones to accommodate Midland's capacity, as well as provide additional lease space for industrial businesses. The garage door manufacturer's capacity will be expanded by roughly 50,000 square feet, and a new 32,500 square foot building will be construction for their Bi-Fold Door operation.

Another existing building will be expanded by 30,000 feet, and a new 24,000 square foot building will be construction.

The project will require public improvements of storm sewers, streets and street lighting along portions of Seventh Street Northeast and 11th Avenue Northeast.