Williston State College Foundation breaks ground on housing complex

WILLISTON, N.D. – The Williston State College Foundation broke ground Thursday on a 74-unit housing project that will offer affordable housing to teachers, nurses, public works employees and others who provide essential community services. The four-story apartment building also will have underground parking and retail space on the first floor.

The development will provide mixed-income housing for employees of the college, Bethel Lutheran, the North Dakota Department of Transportation, State Highway Patrol, North Dakota Game and Fish, Fort Union National Historic Site, Fort Buford State Historic Site and the city of Williston. If units are available after those needs are met, housing will be offered to the Williston School District and Mercy Medical Center.

The total cost of construction is estimated at $8.5 million and should be complete by summer 2013.

The project was able to get underway after Gate City Bank contributed $1.25 million to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund, targeting almost $700,000 of it to the foundation’s development.

Other project funding is provided by the college, Bethel Lutheran Foundation, Bank of North Dakota’s Flex PACE Affordable Housing Program, and American State Bank and Trust.

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