Northridge Spin For Kids

More than $181,000 was raised by the community

Spin for Kids was yet again a successful event in Grand Forks,  ND.  More than $181,000 was raised by the community to be disbursed to children with special needs in the region.  Northridge was ecstatic to be a part of this event for its third year in a row.  The Northridge team cycled over 107 miles in 160 minutes.   Thanks to all who participated and donated to the team!

Northridge is participating in Spin for Kids

Northridge is thrilled to be participating in Spin For Kids for its third year in a row in Grand Forks, ND. Families with children who have special needs often face lifelong medical bills and expenses. Children grow and change very quickly, and the equipment they need must change with them. Insurance does not always cover these costs; this is where Spin For Kids comes in. All money raised by Spin For Kids is disbursed to qualifying families to help them obtain the equipment and services they need. Northridge is excited to assist these families by participating and fundraising for this event.   

For more information or if you would like to donate, please visit our page at

The Northridge Team is Growing

Northridge welcomes Alexandria Dutcher, Rose Julien and Tyler Boyer to Northridge!

Alexandria is the new Office Administrator for the Grand Forks Corporate Office.  She will be working under the Risk Management Department along with assisting with the day to day operations at the corporate office.  She has several years of experience in office management and customer service.  

Rose is a Project Accountant and will be overseeing several projects at a time.  Prior to Northridge, she was a Project Administrator at the Grand Forks Air Force Base for over 3 years.  Prior to that, she worked for Strata Corporation as an Accounts Payable Specialist.  She is experienced with the construction accounting process and is going to be huge asset to the team.  She is also working towards her CPA.

Tyler is a Project Engineer and will be assisting both the Preconstruction Department and the Project Managers.  Tyler recently graduated from NDSU with his Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management.   While attending NDSU, he performed internships each summer performing various construction tasks to further his knowledge for his degree.  

Key Duluth Corner Being Transformed

Dramatic changes are underway at the corner of 21st Avenue East and London Road in Duluth as a six-story, mixed-use development takes shape overlooking Lake Superior.

On the former Burger King block, just off Interstate 35, the sprawling 252,000-square-foot residential and retail complex will fill the entire 2.7-acre site when complete later this year.

As the structure rises in the 2100 block of London Road, it finally has a name — Endi — after the city’s historic Endion neighborhood that it is in.

The $36 million development by Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors will offer 143 luxury apartments, from studios to penthouses with stunning views of Lake Superior.

“It will be by far the nicest project in Duluth,” said Tom Lund, a principal partner with Harbor Bay in Minneapolis. “We have done a lot of luxury projects elsewhere in Minneapolis. My vision for Duluth was to bring a project that has extremely high-end luxury homes with amazing amenities.”

Apartments should be ready for occupancy at the end of the year, but businesses will start opening in the fall in the 13,400 square feet of retail space.

“By Oct. 1, we’ll have several retailers open,” Lund said.

Caribou Coffee will be the first of up to seven storefronts to open. At Endi, Caribou will open one of its co-branded stores, sharing space with a Bruegger’s Bagels with a large seating area and a single checkout. Besides New York-style bagels, Bruegger’s offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Papa Murphy’s, with its take-and-bake pizzas, also will have a storefront at Endi. Leases with two more retailers that are not food-related are being finalized. Lund declined to identify those businesses just yet but said they “will be really great for the neighborhood.”

That leaves two or three open spaces, depending on how much space the future tenants will need. Lund said he’d like to get locally owned businesses in there, including businesses that reflect the Duluth area.

He squashed rumors of a Noodles & Co. or Panera Bread opening at Endi, saying he has had no contact with them. He acknowledged that Chipotle has looked at the site, but it hasn’t pursued it since. All three restaurant chains entered the Duluth market in the last few years with locations at or near Miller Hill Mall.

Rocky start

Site work got underway last summer under general contractor Northridge Construction of Grand Forks, N.D., which has built other projects for Harbor Bay.

With the Burger King building already razed, four older houses along 22nd Avenue West and a small warehouse and former salvage yard on South Street were demolished.

Blasting the site’s extensive bedrock followed, a task that proved challenging and not without mishaps. In July, a blast by Super Excavators sent debris and rock chunks flying, including a rock that damaged a passing car. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., company was allowed to resume blasting but was required to use blasting mats.

The bedrock was more extensive than expected.

“It slowed things down,” Lund said. “Rock is everywhere in Duluth, and it was an immense challenge. You find it where you didn’t expect it. It was all rock.”

Much of the excavated rock will be used in a tenant deck area and for landscaping around the site.

After months of extensive foundation work, the floors are swiftly going up. With the development being built on a slope, it will have six floors on the lower lake side and three floors on the upper London Road side.

With four floors now up, and the framework of the stores taking shape along London Road, the shell of the structure should be in place next month.

“This is kind of an exciting time,” Lund said. “Construction of the residential units is moving along pretty fast. By the end of May, we’ll be putting the roof on. It’s exciting.”

Seeing potential

Endi is Harbor Bay’s first project to be built in Duluth. The real estate development firm also had a $10 million purchase agreement for the old Duluth Central High School property with the intention of developing housing there, as well. But the company backed out of the deal in July.

With the London Road project, Lund said the company saw an opportunity to provide quality rental housing for young professionals, people working in the local health care industry and empty nesters looking to sell their large homes and move to high-end apartments with amenities.

Besides one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, Endi will have some one-bedroom units with dens and some two-level units. Its 18 penthouses will range from 1,200- to 3,500-square-feet and will, Lund said, “be fairly expensive” but popular.

The various units will feature open floor plans, 9-foot ceilings, high-quality finishes, outdoor decks and extensive windows to maximize views. Amenities include a fitness center, clubroom, technology area, book nook, indoor parking, dog-walking area, a private chef’s kitchen for entertaining, direct access to Caribou Coffee and an outdoor terrace with a bocce ball court and other activity areas.

Monthly rents will range from about $1,000 to more than $4,000 per month, Lund said. The company plans to release specific rent information next month when it opens a temporary leasing center at the site. Housed in a large trailer, the leasing center will have a kitchen similar to what the apartments will have.

A $2.8 million tax-increment financing package from the Duluth Economic Development Authority will help cover the project’s $36 million price tag. The authority also got a $250,000 state redevelopment grant that helped pay for demolition of the existing buildings on the block and the installation of public infrastructure for the development. That grant was matched by the developer.

Choice Hotels International Rings the Opening Bell

Northridge Hospitality’s President, Jon Miskavige; and Vice President, Ryan Carlson were honored to be invited by Choice Hotels International to participate in ringing the Opening Bell at the NYSE on Aug 25, 2015.

Choice Hotels International is one of the world’s largest lodging companies with more than 6,300 hotels franchised in more than 35 countries.  We value our relationship with them and look forward to many future endeavors together.  Thank you so much for including us in such an exciting day!!

Northridge’s 1st Annual Subcontractor BBQ Was A Success!

Northridge Hosted it’s 1st Annual Subcontractor BBQ on June 17th.  Over 200 people came and enjoyed great food provided by Ground Round Catering.  Our thanks to Bremer Bank for co-sponsoring this event and also a big thanks to Job Service of North Dakota for letting us use their grass for the tent!  We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

New Hotel Concept Coming to Lincoln NE

Northridge has decided on Lincoln Nebraska as the site for our first “duel-branded” hotel.  The exciting project is outlined in the Journal Star.

Choice’s new, innovative dual-brand concept for the Sleep Inn and MainStay Suites brands is an attractive option for guests as well as members of the hotel development community. The hybrid design allows guests to experience two distinctive brands during their stay. For developers, the strong appeal of these projects includes construction efficiencies, operational productivity through shared staff and both public space and back of house facilities, as well as the ability to tap into diverse customer bases. This allows hoteliers to address multiple travel market demands — business, leisure, transient and extended stay – all under one roof.

Congratulations to the Sleep Inn & Suites Fargo – 2014 Employer of the Year

Congratulations to the Sleep Inn & Suites, Fargo for being selected as the 2014 Employer of the Year by the Metro Area Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities. This award is given to an employer in the private and public sectors for outstanding achievements in  improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  We are proud of your contribution.