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Dalrymple Celebrates Groundbreaking for Williston Housing, Retail Development

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Williston-area officials today celebrated the groundbreaking of a new development project that includes the construction of 1,344 new apartment units in Williston.

North By Northwest Development, a Colorado-based company, began construction today of Chandler Field, a 100-acre development that will include apartments, retail space and a 157-room hotel. 

“The Chandler Field development is an important part of the progress underway in Williston to meet the growing community’s needs for housing and to provide residents with more commercial services,” Dalrymple said. “Chandler Field will enrich the quality of life in the community of Williston.”

North By Northwest plans to complete 300 apartment units, 223,000 square feet of retail space and an extended-stay hotel in 2013. The project’s second phase calls for building another 300 apartments and additional retail development to be completed in 2014.  Additional housing and retail development will be completed in 2016.  Chandler Field is located west of downtown Williston, near the U.S. Highway 2 and state Highway 85 intersection.

Dalrymple said state and local officials are working with the private sector to meet the housing needs in the state’s oil-producing counties. Joining Dalrymple for the Chandler Field groundbreaking were Williston Mayor Ward Koeser, Tom Rolfstad, executive director of Williston Economic Development and David Gitlitz, owner of North By Northwest Development.

In the first four months of the year, Williston city officials have issued building permits for the construction of 294 housing units, including single-family homes, apartments and duplexes.  More than 2,000 housing units were built in Williston last year.

The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency continues to promote the development of low-income housing through state and federal tax credit programs. Investors earned tax credits in exchange for developing more than 450 low-income housing units throughout the state’s oil-producing counties last year. The tax credit programs will be heavily utilized again this year to develop more affordable housing in western North Dakota and in other areas of the state.

Additionally, the North Dakota Department of Commerce has allocated about $1.2 million in Community Development Block Grant funding to support the development of an additional 138 housing units for low-income residents in western North Dakota.

The state is also supporting residential development in western North Dakota by providing $135 million in impact grants.  Communities are using these funds to extend their sewer and water services, to build streets and expand their water treatment plants – projects that directly support the development of additional residential housing. 


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