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Dalrymple Celebrates Groundbreaking for Large Housing Development in Watford City

BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined Lutheran Social Services Housing and local officials to break ground on Prairie Heights, a large housing development project in Watford City. 

The 12-building apartment development will include designated housing for the elderly; for residents of diverse income levels and for essential service employees including teachers and law enforcement personnel.  To be built in a neighborhood setting, the $17- million project also includes plans for a large child care center.

“Prairie Heights will enrich the quality of life in Watford City,” Gov. Dalrymple said. “This housing development is an important part of the progress we are making to help meet the region’s housing needs. I applaud Lutheran Social Services, MBI Energy and all of the project’s partners for making this large project a reality.”

Prairie Heights will provide12 one-bedroom apartments, 100 two-bedroom apartments and 12 three-bedroom apartments. One of every four apartments will be designated for low-income and moderate-income residents. Twenty apartments will be reserved for essential service employees and apartments also will be designed for elderly residents.

Lutheran Social Services Housing plans to complete construction of Prairie Heights in two phases, with the first group of apartment buildings to be completed in April 2013 and the final phase scheduled for completion by August 2013.  MBI Energy Services has pledged $2 million toward the project in exchange for state tax credits made available through the Housing Incentive Fund.  MBI Energy Services also provided land in support of the project.  The Prairie Heights development is also supported by Bank of North Dakota, First International Bank and McKenzie County Bank.

Others joining Dalrymple for the Prairie Heights groundbreaking included  Robert Sanderson, CEO of Lutheran Social Services; Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford; Gene Veeder, executive director of the McKenzie County Job Authority; Jessica Thomasson, director of Lutheran Social Services Housing and MBI Energy Services CEO Jim Arthaud.


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