Commercial Property

Existing Commercial Uses

  1. Property ownership must be transferred after approval of the application by the City Council and North Dakota Division of Community Services.
  2. Property must be a conforming use and must not be a part of a previous zone project.
  3. Project must bring property into compliance with zoning and building related codes.
  4. Property owner must make capital improvements equal or greater than:
      • 50% of the true and full value of the property prior to improvements.
      • $15,000 of capital improvement.

Owner must make improvements which will be equal or greater than 50% of current true and full value or a capital investment resulting in an increase in true and full value of at least $15,000.

  1. The project must eliminate all deteriorated parts of the building(s).
  2. Proposed capital improvements must substantially improve the life expectancy of the property. It includes, but is not limited to, replacement or updating of roof, foundation, structure, siding, windows, doors, electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems. It does not include new floor covering, window treatment, wall coverings, cabinets or furnishings.
  3. Simple purchases of commercial property with no investment in rehabilitation or remodeling must demonstrate a contribution to community benefits, including but not limited to; increase in jobs, relocation of new residents to Milnor and preventing a commercial property from becoming vacant.

 New Commercial Construction or Addition

  1. All new commercial construction or additions must comply with zoning and building requirements of the City of Milnor and the provisions of this plan.
  2. Plans and application must be submitted and approved by the City Council and by the North Dakota Division of Community Services

Commercial Leases

  1. Business/Tenant must meet all requirements of the Milnor Renaissance Zone.
  2. Special consideration will be given to new businesses that occupy vacant spaces or businesses that bring new and highly desired services to the community.
  3. Occupancy of vacant buildings and development of vacant lots is highly encouraged.