- Associated Press - Saturday, January 21, 2017

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - An expansion and renovation project for Williston’s public works building is estimated to cost $20 million.

The project will be one of the city’s priorities in 2017, the Williston Herald (https://bit.ly/2k0F8eA) reported.

“They’ve been planning this move for a few years and 2017 is first year we’ve had a chance to schedule everything,” said David Tuan, city administrator.

Requests to approve preliminary development were approved by the Williston City Commission last spring.

The plans call for replacing an antiquated administrative building and building a new shop. It would also include renovations to the fuels pumps, wash bay and the facility’s yard.

Tuan said it’s important that the project be developed for greater accessibility for the community.

“The most important thing for the community is a place to go that will be an updated and accommodating place for the citizens,” Tuan said. “It’s the expansion department heads needed and struggled through the (oil drilling) boom without it.”

The expansion project was incorporated into the city’s 2010 master plan, but the surge of activity in the region required more focus on infrastructure upgrades to facilitate water, road and sewer improvements. Attention can now be directed to earlier plans with many of the large-form projects complete.

Tuan said half of the city’s budget for 2017 will be put toward the project, and other forms of funding are being looked into as well.

The project is expected to begin in the spring. Heavy snowfall could deem the land unsuitable for development until drier months.

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

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