New Housing at WSC | VideoChris Williams | 10/4/2012
Williston State College is helping out, thanks to the state`s housing incentive fund. The college broke ground today on a 74 unit apartment complex for public service employees.
"Tremendous, tremendous addition, and they`re going to be great. They`ve got below ground parking I`m told, which is going to come in handy. It`s going be great, great use if space," said Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley.
The complex is being funded by the housing incentive project, and one company donated more than a million dollars to help build the apartments.
"We`re honored and privileged to present to the housing incentive fund a check in the amount of $1,250,000," said Gate City Bank Lending Director Blaise Johnson.
Williston State College is receiving $700,000 that money, and that got the ball rolling.
"I`d like to commend and thank Williston State College foundation for having the vision, and intensity to get this done, and get it done now," Johnson added.
This housing incentive fund project is just one of many that are starting to pop up in oil country.
"We`ve been out west in North Dakota, all around this area of the state, doing these ground breaking and ribbon cuttings, and it doesn`t get old. When you look at the kind of housing that we`re able to produce with this, it`s just exiting to make everyone of these trips," said Mike Anderson with NDHFA.
Wrigley says he is getting used to visiting Williston.
"Have a ground breaking and you come back and it seems like just weeks later, and the buildings getting the ribbon cut. You know how to get things done up here in Williston."
The cost of the apartment complex is estimated at $8.5 million.