- Associated Press - Friday, January 13, 2017

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The Williston City Commission has paved the way for two oil field housing companies to turn a vacated crew camp into a hotel.

Target Logistics and Lodging Solutions proposed plans to change their temporary workforce housing facility to a hotel with more than 600 beds in November after a yearlong struggle against a city-enforced crew camp ban, the Williston Herald (http://bit.ly/2jM9Tno ) reported.

Officials had said there was plenty of available housing and the camps were no longer needed.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the hotel’s preliminary plans to the city, as long as Target Logistics removes cabins from the site and repurposes buildings to meet zoning and building code standards.

As defined in the ordinance, the facility will need sprinklers in the building, which may require a rural water line. The ordinance also calls for paving for access and parking.

Travis Kelley, regional vice president for Target Logistics, said the company is currently working on fulfilling American with Disabilities Act parking and building requirements to obtain a certificate of occupancy.

For the proposed project to move forward, the city rezoned the property from light industrial zoning to general commercial, which allows hospitality operations.

After the property was purchased by Williams County and annexed into the city in 2013, it was zoned light industrial, which did not allow for short-term housing.

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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