- Associated Press - Sunday, January 8, 2017

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The city of Williston is deciding how to redevelop Sloulin Field International Airport after it is replaced by a new airport next year.

Preliminary discussion regarding the conceptual layout of Sloulin Field property recently began between city leaders and Cardon Global, a firm working on the redevelopment, the Williston Herald reported (https://bit.ly/2hI6Pmz).

The 850 acres at the airfield is roughly the size of Central Park in New York City and thoughtful planning is needed if the conversion is to be successful, said company CEO Don Cardon said.

“You’re balancing what you want with what the market will acknowledge,” he said. “There’s no mulligans here once you start.”

Williston already has started construction on a $240 million airport northwest of the oil patch hub. The new Williston Basin International Airport is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018.

The city’s existing Sloulin Field International Airport saw a ten-fold increase in passengers from 2008 to 2014, due in large part to oil activity.

Nearly a year of discussions with Cardon generated the initial renderings of the “reimagined” old airfield, though it was emphasized that the concepts are fluid and three meetings of public comment will also be taken into account. The final draft will be presented to the Williston City Commissioners in 2018 for approval.

“These things are going to change many times before we get to the final product,” Mayor Howard Klug said.

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


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