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Williston Leaders to Learn About Proposed Concepts for Sloulin Redevelopment Dec. 9


The City of Williston and Cardon Global officials are taking the next step toward “Reimagining Williston.” The two parties will meet next week to explore the possibilities for a large development in the center of town. The workshop will allow Cardon to present preliminary concepts for the Sloulin Field Redevelopment Master Plan.

Cardon Global has been working on ideas for the master plan for about six months. The Arizona-based firm was selected by the Williston City Commission in early 2016 to manage the expansive project. Cardon is also overseeing the FiveSouth redevelopment in Downtown Bismarck. The firm plans to break ground on it sometime next year.

“We’re happy to be partnered with Cardon for their ideas and creativity they bring to the table,” said Williston Administrator David Tuan. “We’re hopeful this workshop will help us imagine some exciting concepts to present to the public for input.”

The opportunity to redevelop more than 800 acres within Williston’s city limits emerged as the plan to relocate Sloulin Field International Airport was finalized. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Williston Basin International Airport was held last October. Completion is projected in 2020. When the new XWA terminal opens, Sloulin Field will be decommissioned, and construction on the redevelopment can begin. The ideas for the multi-use project are essentially limitless.

“The redevelopment of Sloulin Field presents a unique opportunity for the City of Williston. Not a lot of communities can say they have 800 acres of blank canvas to develop in the heart of their city,” said Shawn Wenko, Williston Economic Development executive direct. “I think you are going to see some wild ideas develop over the next several months of what “could be” at this site.”

The Cardon Global-City of Williston workshop will be held on Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The public is welcome to attend as observers; however community input will be sought at town hall meetings at a later date.

“It’s exciting for the economic office to be a part of this. But, I am more excited that the residents of the City of Williston and the region will also have a chance to weigh in on this project. This will be the largest redevelopment project in the city of Williston’s history,” said Wenko.

The schedule for the Sloulin Field Redevelopment town hall meetings has yet to be announced.


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